"Cocaine Anonymous is not organized in
the formal or political sense. There
are no governing officers, no rules or regulations,
no dues or fees. While we are guided by the Twelve Traditions of
Cocaine Anonymous, each group is generally free to conduct its business
as it sees fit, as stated in Tradition 4: 'Each group should
be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or C.A. as
the need for services to addicts throughout the world is very important
to the Fellowship. Inquiries from both within and
outside the Fellowship have to be answered. Literature has to be
written, printed and distributed, and requests for help be followed
up. The main service body of the Fellowship is C.A. World Services,
which is centered at the World Service Office in Los Angeles, California.
Here employees and service volunteers maintain communications with
local Groups and with persons outside the Fellowship who turn to
C.A. for information on the program of recovery. C.A. Conference-approved
literature and chips are prepared, published and distributed through
World Service Office, through its Board of Directors, is responsible
to the World Service Board of Trustees. The Trustees, who serve as
custodians of the Traditions of Cocaine Anonymous, as well as interpreters
of policies affecting C.A. as a whole, in turn are responsible to
the World Service Conference.
World Service Conference meets annually to unify the Fellowship
those actions which affect the Fellowship as a whole.
Comprised of Delegates from all the recognized Areas of C.A., as
well as the Trustees and the World Service Office Board, the Conference
considers how best to carry the message of recovery from cocaine
addiction to those outside, as well as inside, the meeting rooms
of Cocaine Anonymous. Committees of the Conference cover various
areas that affect carrying that message of recovery: Literature,
Hospitals and Institutions, Public Information, Convention (responsible
for the annual World Service Convention), and Unity. Other Committees
address the internal functions of the Fellowship: Conference, Finance,
and Structure & Bylaws.
of the service structure of C.A. is based on our 9th Tradition: "C.A.
as such ought never be organized, but we may create service boards
or committees directly responsible to those they serve.'"