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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. We are
not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization, or
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 allother mind-altering substances, and to help others
achieve the same freedom.
use the Twelve Step Recovery Program, because it has already been
proven that the Twelve Step Recovery Program works.
is concerned solely with the personal recovery and continued sobriety
of individual drug addicts who turn to our Fellowship for help. We
do not engage in the fields of drug addiction research, medical or
psychiatric treatment, drug education, or propaganda in any form — although
members may participate in such activities as individuals.
Anonymous is open to all persons who state a desire to stop using
cocaine, including "crack" cocaine, as well as all
other mind-altering substances. There are no dues or fees for membership.
Our expenses are supported by the voluntary contributions of our
members — we respectfully decline all outside contributions.
We are not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization
program of recovery was adapted from the program developed by Alcoholics
Anonymous in 1935. Like AA (with which we are not affiliated), we
use the Twelve Step recovery method, which involves service to others
as a path towards recovery from addiction. We feel that one addict
talking to another can provide a level of mutual understanding and
fellowship that is hard to obtain through other methods. The fact
that an individual has recovered from their addiction, and is freely
passing this experience on to the next person, is a powerful message
for someone who is desperately searching for an answer to their own
addiction. There emerges a bond among us that transcends all other
social boundaries. We hold regular meetings to further this fellowship,
and to allow new members to find us and, perhaps, the answers they
Anonymous began in Los Angeles in 1982, and has since expanded throughout
the United States and Canada, with groups now forming in Europe.
Our literature is available in English, French, and Spanish and our
first book “Hope, Faith and Courage: Stories from the Fellowship
of Cocaine Anonymous” was published in 1994. As of 1996, we
estimated our membership at 30,000 members in over 2,000 groups.
Anonymous is a Fellowship of, by, and for addicts seeking
recovery. Friends and family of addicts should contact Co-Anon
Family Groups, a Fellowship dedicated to their much different needs.