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|Austin Crystal Meth Anonymous|
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|Why one day at a time? For most of us, the idea of never using again is impossible. If we focus on forever, we may lose sight of what we can do. We can make a commitment to not use just for today. For some of us, that commitment had to be: "I won't use, just for the next hour." Staying in the here and now makes sobriety possible. Yesterday is gone; we can't say what tomorrow will bring. For these reasons we say that we stay clean one day at a time.|
|For the Addict|
Recovery from addiction to crystal meth is possible! We hope that you will find the support, information, and resources that a personal plan of recovery requires. If you feel you may have a problem, we suggest that you make a commitment to yourself to stop using for the rest of this day. Renew that commitment to yourself tomorrow, and seek out a twelve step meeting as soon as possible. Our experience has shown that daily attendance at twelve step meetings combined with working the steps with a sponsor can lead you to a life free of active addiction. Though CMA is a young program, and is now active over much of the United States and is just now beginning to grow around the world.
|What is CMA?|
Crystal Meth Anonymous is a fellowship of people for whom crystal meth has become a serious problem. The members of Crystal Meth Anonymous meet regularly, share support and fellowship, and create a safe environment in which to stay clean. The fellowship advocates complete abstinence from crystal meth, alcohol, illegal inhalants...medication taken not as prescribed, as well as all other mind altering substances. Prayer and meditation are important parts of our program. Some of us are suspicious at first, fearing that we will be made to believe certain things. We may also react to our past experiences with organized religion. This is a spiritual program, but we can define for ourselves the nature of our personal relationship with spirituality. For now, we can accept that something has helped many people stay clean and sober. We will begin to define our relationship with spirituality as we work the Twelve Steps with a sponsor.
|How can I stay clean?|
We practice three basic actions for recovery:
1. Meetings & Fellowship
Our experience has shown that one of the most effective tools to stay clean is daily attendance at Twelve Step meetings. For most of us, active addiction was a very lonely place. Surrounding ourselves with others who are in recovery may be uncomfortable at first, but helps with the fear, sadness and isolation that our addiction created. Meetings offer a supportive framework, and allow us to hear how others have stayed clean and sober. Immersing ourselves in the program gives us the opportunity to change our ways of thinking and emphasizes new ideas that support recovery. Finding new friendships that value sobriety over using is an important aspect of our program. Many people in the program refer to "90 in 90" - a suggestion newcomers attend 90 meetings in 90 days.
2. Sponsorship & Step Work
A sponsor is a person in the program who we choose to offer us guidance in working the twelve steps. "Working the steps" means understanding what the steps mean and finding ways to apply them in our daily lives. Sponsors share their experience, strength, and hope. Sponsors describe the way they have stayed clean, and will make suggestions to help us maintain our sobriety. Sponsors don't loan money, act as therapists, or tell us what to do.
3. Service & Commitments
One of the ways we keep our sobriety is by helping others to stay clean. Service in the program refers to working with others to help them stay sober. A commitment is a responsibility we take, on a volunteer basis, at a specific meeting. Commitments keep us attending our meetings regularly, helping others in the program get to know us, and providing ourselves with the satisfaction of following through on what we've committed to do.
|The 12 Steps of Crystal Meth Anonymous|
1. We admitted that we were powerless over crystal meth and our lives had become unmanageable.
2. Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of a God of our understanding.
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7. Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with a God of our understanding praying only for the knowledge of God's will for us, and the power to carry that out.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to crystal meth addicts, and to practice these principles in all of our affairs.
| Anonymity of CMA Members|
Anonymity lies at the heart of our Fellowship and assures our members that their recovery will be private. Often, the active addict will avoid any source of help, which might reveal his or her identity. Crystal Meth Anonymous is not affiliated with any other organization, although, with permission, we have adapted A.A.ís Twelve Steps for our own use. CMA is self-supporting, declining outside contributions; and we are non-professional, offering only the voluntary support of one Crystal Meth Addict helping another.
* The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous have been reprinted and adapted with the permission of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc (A.A.W.S.) permission to reprint and adapt the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous does not mean that Alcoholics Anonymous is affiliated with this program. AA is program of recovery from Alcoholism only - use of A.A.'s Steps and Traditions, or an adapted version of its Steps and Traditions in connection with programs or activities which are patterned after A.A., but which address other problems, or in any other non-A.A. context, does not imply otherwise
|AUSTIN CRYSTAL METH ANONYMOUS|
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