Crystal Meth Anonymous
Crystal Meth Anonymous ("CMA") is a 12-step program where people addicted to methamphetamine help each other to stay clean. Members meet in group settings to share information and provide support to each other.
Crystal Meth Anonymous Overview
CMA groups are active in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The group relies on the 12-step program to getting and staying clean developed by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous. Groups support themselves through donations from members, and there are no formal fees or dues charged to people who want to attend meetings.
By attending regular meetings and offering each other encouragement and support, CMA members are able to gain control over their addiction to crystal meth. Members are encouraged not to use alcohol, inhalants, or medications that have not been prescribed for them by a physician while in recovery.
Traditions, Steps, and Process
This organization views addiction as a progressive disease. The first step in working the CMA program is for the addict to admit that they cannot stop using the drug through their own efforts alone. They need to surrender themselves to a Higher Power to deal with their addiction. The addict must decide that they want help to achieve the goal of getting (and staying) clean. Friends or family members can't "make" someone get help for an addiction.
CMA members volunteer to help the group and other members. Members may offer to sponsor newcomers to the group, help with the bookkeeping, or make coffee before a meeting. These actions teach recovering addicts to follow through on their promises and encourage them to continue attending meetings.
Effectiveness: Does Crystal Meth Anonymous Work?
CMA claims that their program of regular attendance at meetings and following the 12 steps is an effective way of dealing with addiction. Since members are anonymous, any claims made about the program's effectiveness would be based on anecdotal accounts of recovering meth addicts sharing their experience.
Controversy and Criticism
Since the 12 steps used by CMA as the foundation for its program mentions a Higher Power and God, some people have criticized groups using this model. They feel that the idea of turning one's life over to God is offensive to people who are not religious, even though the group is open to everyone who is living with an addiction.
Famous People & Celebrities Who Have Been in Crystal Meth Anonymous
According to celebrity tabloid reports, Nicole Ritchie was spotted outside a building which was holding a CMA meeting in 2006. Numerous celebrity meth addicts have also been reported.
Getting a Sponsor
Newcomers to the group choose someone to be their sponsor. A way to find a sponsor is to attend several meetings and find out which members of the group you are drawn to from the way they share their experience and interact with other group members. The role of the sponsor is not to tell the newcomer how to behave. Each person in the group is responsible for their own choices in recovery.
Find a Crystal Meth Anonymous Meeting Near You
The CMA web site has a meeting directory that provides information about meetings in Canada, the United States, and Australia.