Whenever a problem arises in your life, what do you do? Cry for help? Figure it out on your own? Or simply ignore it? Life is not life without problems. Indeed, we are evidently alive because we bleed, we get hurt. We have weaknesses. That’s human nature. Moreover, being human is not just self-centered. It’s not just me-directed. Human beings cannot live alone. Picture a person who is left on the streets alone with nothing. Is he glad? Or imagine a very wealthy person living in a mansion, alone. Is he happy? No. nobody is happy when they are lonely.
Above might be an introduction worth pondering about and you may begin to speculate why I am writing about it. Relating this to addiction, one should not face the struggle of addiction alone. There are plenty of people who are very eager to help. Loved ones are there to provide love and care. Friends are there to prop you up along the way. In dealing with addiction one should try to find aid from others. And for some, they seek help from fellow addicts.
There is a companionship of people who share the same experiences from cocaine. Their companionship is called Cocaine Anonymous. The only requirement for membership is the want to stop using cocaine and all other mind-altering substances. There are no fees for membership; they are fully self supporting by their own contributions. They are not related with any sect, denomination, politics, organization, or institution. They do not desire to engage in any disagreement and they neither approve nor resist any causes. Their primary purpose is to stay free from cocaine and all other mind-altering substances, and to help others achieve the same freedom.
Now there is an association growing even in Europe; Cocaine Anonymous which started in Los Angeles on 1982 and expanded throughout the United States and Canada. Their literature is available in English, French, and Spanish and their first book “Hope, Faith and Courage: Stories from the Fellowship of Cocaine Anonymous” was published in 1994. As of 1996, they estimated their membership at 30,000 members in over 2,000 groups.
Cocaine Anonymous uses the twelve step program just as Alcoholics Anonymous uses it in dealing with problems of their members. They personalized some steps to fit the needs of the group. The dynamics of cocaine anonymous believes that being of service to others is a path towards recovery from cocaine dependence. With this, fellow addicts share their own experiences, feelings, and struggles among each other hoping that through this, one would be thankful for the beauty of life and that he is not alone in the battle. The primary goal of cocaine anonymous is merely not to cure the person from the addiction, but mostly, to heal the person’s heart after all the struggles he had been through. It is more of spiritual healing and practicing willpower to start life anew away from the drugs that once destroyed his or her life.
Like any other organization that helps one to overcome any kind of addiction, Cocaine Anonymous is a very excellent guide to let an addict release whatever emotions he or she feels. Here, addicts are not ridiculed; rather, they are helped and loved. Here, members are praised for their bravery and courage in facing their problems and for their humility that they need others to help them fight the battle. Moreover, former addicts who have already improved could be a good source of inspiration for active addicts. They could sponsor those who are still in the process of healing and guide these people towards the light.
Cocaine Anonymous helps you fight your dependence on cocaine.