What is Crystal Meth Anonymous?

Crystal Meth Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other, so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from their addiction to crystal meth. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using. There are no dues or fees for CMA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. CMA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization, or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; and neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to lead a sober life and to carry the message of recovery to the crystal meth addict who still suffers.

Are you a crystal meth addict?

It doesn't matter what you call it. It doesn't matter how you did it. It brought us to our knees, because, without exception, that is what it does.

Is speed a problem in your life? Are you a crystal meth addict? Only you can answer those questions. For most of us who have admitted defeat, the answer is very clear. Yes, we had a problem with speed, and no, we couldn't fix the problem by ourselves. We had to admit defeat to win. Speed was our master.

We couldn't control our drug use. What started out as weekend or occasional use became daily use, and we soon found ourselves beyond human aid. We truly suffered from a lack of power to fix our problem.

Some of us used speed as a tool to work harder and longer, but we couldn't keep a job. Others picked at their faces and arms for hours or pulled out their hair. Some of us had uncontrollable sexual desire. Others endlessly tinkered with projects, accomplishing nothing, but found ourselves so busy we couldn't get to work on time.

We deluded ourselves into thinking that staying up for nights on end was OK, that our tweaking was under control, and that we could quit if we wanted to, or that we couldn't afford to quit, or that our using didn't affect our lives.

Maybe we saw a friend go to jail, or lose their apartment, or lose their job, or lose the trust of their family, or die, but our clouded minds wouldn't admit we were next.

Most of us saw no way out, believing that we would use until the day we died.

Almost universally, if we had an honest moment, we found that our drug use made seemingly insurmountable problems in our lives.

The only way out was if we had the courage to admit that speed, our one time friend, was killing us.

It doesn't matter how you got here. The courts sent some of us; others came for family or friends, and some of us came to CMA on our own. The question is; do you want help and are you willing to go to any lengths to change your life.

The Twelve Steps

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 there 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.

Crystal meth seemed like the answer to our problems. Not anymore. We came to CMA because our drug use was killing us. If you are like us, you know that once we start, we can’t stop. To stay clean and sober, we don’t pick up—no matter what.

Abandoning our old companion fear, we take a breath and work the Steps. We see results when we’re rigorously honest and thorough. Practicing spiritual principles day to day, we live in the solution:

Surrender is an action...it brings freedom. Humility is an action...it brings perspective. Gratitude is an action...it brings contentment. This is the gift of recovery: We awaken, our lives improve, and we gradually move from self to service. We act as messengers to others who are suffering—messengers of hope and healing, of connection, serenity, and yes, even joy.

Meetings

Crystal Clear Group
Ascension Lutheran Church
1225 East Morehead Street
Charlotte, NC 28204
Monday 7:00pm
crystalclearclt2@gmail.com

D-Icers of the Triangle Group
304 E. Trinity Avenue
Durham, NC 27701
Tuesday 7:00pm (Knock if late.)
dicerstriangle@gmail.com

Pipe Down Group
Jenkins Memorial Methodist Church
725 N. Boylan Ave
Raleigh, NC 27605
Friday 7:00pm
pipedownnc@gmail.com