Cocaine Anonymous is a 12-step recovery program designed to help those facing current or past addiction to substances such as cocaine and speed. While Cocaine Anonymous is not affiliated with Alcoholics Anonymous, the organization uses the AA text, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. In addition, Cocaine Anonymous publishes its own text, Hope, Faith and Courage: Stories from the Fellowship of Cocaine Anonymous. Both texts are given to new members to read on their own time, and meetings draw heavily from the content within.
The 12 Steps
The 12 steps of Cocaine Anonymous are the same as those of Alcoholics Anonymous, but Cocaine Anonymous chooses to focus specifically on applying the steps to addiction to cocaine and other similar narcotics. The first step in the program requires participants to admit they are powerless over their addiction and their lives have become unmanageable. The second step requires them to believe that a higher power is capable of restoring them to a healthy state of mind.
The third step is to make the decision to turn their will and life over to the care of a higher power. The fourth step requires participants to take a searching and fearless moral inventory of their lives. The fifth step is admitting to a higher power, oneself and others the specific acts of wrongdoing that resulted from the addiction.
The sixth step is to surrender the admitted character defects to a higher power. The seventh step is to ask God to remove all shortcomings. In the eighth step, the addict must make a list of all the people harmed by their addiction and become willing to make amends. The ninth step builds on the eighth step by requiring the person to go out and actively make amends with the people their addiction has harmed, as long as doing so would not cause them more harm.
The last steps are closely related, all themed around humility and self-acceptance. The 10th step requires the addict to continue taking personal inventory and admitting wrongdoing and personal shortcomings. The 11th step is to seek the will of a higher power through prayer and meditation. The 12th and final step is to use the spiritual awakening gained from the other steps to help other addicts and maintain a newfound state of health and freedom from addiction in daily life.
The motto of Cocaine Anonymous is "Hope, faith and courage," something that many cocaine addicts can relate to well. Cocaine is a psychologically addictive substance, meaning that individuals require increasingly higher doses to achieve the same feeling of physical and mental wellness. Cocaine is often known by its street terms, including "coke," "snow" and "blow," among others. "The motto of Cocaine Anonymous is "Hope, faith and courage," something that many cocaine addicts can relate to well."According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 4.8 million Americans have abused cocaine. Cocaine is a highly addictive illegal substance, and it comes with many serious and often life-threatening side effects, including:
- High blood pressure
- Increased heart rate
- Respiratory failure
Additionally, both long- and short-term use of cocaine cause increased risk of various health issues, including:
- Heart attack
- Sudden death
If you have experienced any of these side effects or feel you are at risk of serious health problems due to your use of cocaine, don't hesitate to get help today. We would love to talk to you and help you take that first step toward recovery, so call our 24/7 hotline today at 1-888-319-2606.
Benefits of Cocaine Anonymous
Peer support networks like Cocaine Anonymous are incredibly powerful resources when dealing with a severe drug addiction. While friends and family are a great source of support, sometimes it helps to surround yourself with others who have been exactly where you are and understand what you're going through. One of the primary benefits of Cocaine Anonymous membership is that each new member gets a sponsor. A sponsor is a member that has been sober for at least a year, and their goal is to support new members and help them remain sober. Since the sponsors have been where the new members are, they have special insight and can provide invaluable assistance.
If you feel you have an addiction to cocaine or a similar substance, don't wait to seek help. Joining a support group or network like Cocaine Anonymous can give you the support and assistance you need to move past your addiction. It is possible to lead a clean life free of addiction and the control of cocaine. If you would like to talk and learn more about cocaine addiction or joining a support network in your area, call us at 1-888-319-2606. Our knowledgeable and friendly hotline representatives are available any time, day or night, to take your call. Contact us today and get the information you need to take back control of your life and combat the harmful effects of your cocaine addiction.
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