Public Information

Definition of Cocaine Anonymous

Cocaine Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from their addiction. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using cocaine and all other mind-altering substances. There are no dues or fees for membership; we are fully self-supporting through our own contributions. CA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution. We do not wish to engage in any controversy and we neither endorse nor oppose any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay free from cocaine and all other mind-altering substances and to help others achieve the same freedom.

CA's Position in the Field of Addiction

CA is concerned solely with the personal recovery and continued sobriety of individual addicts who turn to the fellowship for help. Cocaine Anonymous does not engage in the fields of drug addiction research, medical or psychiatric treatment, education, or propaganda in any form, although members may participate in such activities as individuals.

The Fellowship has adopted a policy of “Cooperation but not affiliation” with outside organizations concerned with the problem of addiction. CA never endorses, supports, becomes affiliated with or expresses an opinion on the programs of others in the field of addiction. CA has no position on outside issues including the legality or illegality of drugs or any other public policy.

CA's relations with professional groups, agencies, facilities, and individuals involved with the problems of drug addiction are handled by the Public Information Committee.

To all Media personnel:

The most important Tradition of our organization is anonymity. We ask for your invaluable assistance to preserve the anonymity of our recovering addicts by not identifying them as members of Cocaine Anonymous and by not using their names or full-face photographs in any facet of the media.

We always welcome any news items in the media concerning our fellowship. It must avoid mention of specific personalities. We appreciate the media's cooperation over the years and the essential role they have played in making Cocaine Anonymous visible to the large numbers of still-suffering addicts.

Thank you for your understanding and on-going assistance to us in this matter