Crystal Meth Anonymous
Crystal Meth Anonymous is an organization based upon the 12 steps and traditions developed by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) back in 1935. Though the two organizations are completely separate and unaffiliated, they are based on the same principles: that life without drugs of any kind or alcohol is better than life controlled by an active addiction.
For those who abuse crystal meth regularly or who are addicted to the substance, the first step in recovery is a comprehensive drug addiction treatment program. Here one can find the medical detox and psychotherapy necessary to build a strong foundation in recovery. Once established, those new to sobriety can benefit from the support provided by 12-step programs like Crystal Meth Anonymous.
How Does Crystal Meth Anonymous Help the Recovering Meth Addict?
Like all programs based on the 12 steps and traditions, CMA helps those in recovery in a number of different ways, including:
- Providing a place where participants can share their trials and tribulations during recovery
- Offering sponsorship for those who seek it
- Allowing members to remain actively engaged in their recovery
- Providing opportunities for service
- Offering spiritual, emotional and physical support through peers who have gone through the same thing
Anonymity Is Key
Crystal Meth Anonymous values anonymity – so much so that it’s included in the name of the program. Those who participate are asked to keep what they hear in the meetings to themselves and not share them with anyone. This gives all members the safety they need to be able to share honestly and grow in recovery.
Why Is There a 12-step Group Dedicated to Crystal Meth Addiction?
CMA wasn’t founded until 1994. Bill C., a crystal meth addict who abused crystal meth exclusively, started the group after gaining 16 years of clean time using Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). He believed that the secretaries of the AA meetings he attended did not like to call on those who abused crystal meth exclusively and that, as a result, crystal meth addicts were not served well by the group. By starting a group dedicated to those who abuse crystal meth, he felt that the singleness of purpose improved participants’ chances of remaining clean and sober and avoiding a crystal meth relapse.
Crystal Meth Anonymous Quick Facts
- Crystal Meth Anonymous held its first meeting on September 16, 1994.
- Bill C., a recovering meth addict, had 16 years sober when he began CMA.
- Crystal Meth Anonymous is a nonprofit without affiliation with any other organization, including Alcoholics Anonymous.
- It is estimated that there are about 500 meetings in 41 states and in provinces in three countries.
Incorporating 12-Step Treatment Into Your Addiction Recovery
Most traditional drug and alcohol rehabs incorporate the 12-step philosophy and the structure of 12-step meetings into their treatment program. This is beneficial for participants because it’s a system that easily translates into life outside of rehab. In almost every community in the country, there are a number of 12-step meetings available. Even if there is not a Crystal Meth Anonymous meeting, crystal meth addicts are often included in other 12-step meetings, so when you get used to the structure and expectations of 12-step meetings during treatment, you can seamlessly pick up where you left off when you leave rehab.
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