What is Crystal Meth Anonymous?
Crystal Meth Anonymous is a fellowship of people who share their experience, strength and hope with each other, so they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from addiction to crystal meth. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using. There are no dues or fees for CMA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. CMA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; and neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to lead a sober life and to carry the message of recovery to the crystal meth addict who still suffers.**Adapted with permission of the Grapevine of Alcoholics Anonymous.
What is Our Living with Dual Diagnosis meeting?
Our Living with Dual Diagnosis meeting of Crystal Meth Anonymous is a closed special interest topic meeting. We are people who are seeking to maintain recovery from our addiction to crystal meth and/or non-prescribed mind altering substances. We are also here to share our experience, strength, and hope with each other around the common challenges and successes we have with mental health concerns.
To respect our Traditions*, as a Group, we do not have opinions on outside matters including treatment modalities and other solutions to our challenges. However, many of us have understood the importance of medications or therapies in managing Dual Diagnosis and share openly about it in this meeting.
We are here to provide support to each other as We seek a common solution to Our common challenge: seeking and maintaining Recovery from addiction while also living with Mental Health Concerns.
Life is possible.
*Tradition 10: Crystal Meth Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the CMA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
The Twelve Steps: A Plan of Action
We come to CMA because of our common problem. We stay because of our common solution. To find long-term freedom from the grip of addiction, we work the Twelve Steps of Crystal Meth Anonymous:
We admitted that we were powerless over crystal meth and our lives had become unmanageable.
Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of a God of our understanding.
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.
Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with a God of our understanding praying only for the knowledge of God’s will for us, and the power to carry that out.
Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to crystal meth addicts, and to practice these principles in all of our affairs.
Crystal meth seemed like the answer to our problems. Not anymore. We realize our drug use was killing us. Once we started, we couldn’t stop. Today, to stay clean and sober, we don’t pick up—no matter what. When we take action, we choose faith over fear and progress over perfection. As we work the Steps, we put spiritual principles into motion.
Surrender is an action...it brings freedom.
Humility is an action...it brings perspective.
Gratitude is an action...it brings contentment.
This is the gift of recovery: We awaken, our lives improve, and we gradually move from self to service. We act as messengers to others who are suffering—messengers of hope and healing, of connection, compassion, and yes, even joy.
Tradition of the Month
Tradition One: Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon CMA unity.
Tradition Two: For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority, a loving God as expressed in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
Tradition Three: The only requirement for CMA membership is a desire to stop using.
Tradition Four: Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or CMA as a whole.
Tradition Five: Each group has but one primary purpose to carry its message to the addict who still suffers.
Tradition Six: A CMA group ought never endorse, finance or lend the CMA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
Tradition Seven: Every CMA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
Tradition Eight: Crystal Meth Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
Tradition Nine: CMA, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
Tradition Ten: Crystal Meth Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the CMA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
Tradition Eleven: Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, television, films and other public media.
Tradition Twelve: Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.