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For The Professional
Crystal Meth Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other, so they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from addiction to crystal meth. The foundation of the fellowship is regular attendance at meetings where members discuss how they achieved sobriety and a new outlook on their way of living. We recommend a program of recovery that includes the Twelve Steps as set forth by Alcoholics Anonymous.
We have come to realize that addiction is a progressive disease that can only be arrested, but never cured. Denial and rationalization are part of that illness. Most addicts resist any suggestion that addiction could be the root of their problems. They may also resist any suggestion of a Twelve-step recovery program as a possible solution. Recovery begins with the addict’s recognition that they are powerless over their addiction and that their life has become unmanageable. Expect that until the addict is ready to make such an admission, rejection of the health care professional’s diagnosis is common!
Our experience has taught us the value of knowledge in encouraging the addict to seek help. We recommend attending open meetings of Crystal Meth Anonymous to become more knowledgeable for the addict who may become receptive to the CMA fellowship and need to have questions answered. We have found that it is difficult for the health care professional to refer someone to an organization with which they are unfamiliar. At this meeting, the health care professional can obtain more information on the CMA fellowship, a meeting list of other meetings, and CMA literature.
It is important to note that the only requirement for membership in CMA is a desire to stop using. Members participate in meetings, work with a sponsor, and work the steps of a Twelve-step recovery program. We encourage the addict to attend multiple meetings to find those meetings that are most comfortable for them. Whenever possible, the newcomer should attend meetings with someone from the CMA fellowship who can answer their questions. Often, this person may be a temporary sponsor who can help to guide the newcomer into the program of recovery. There are no religious affiliations; CMA is based on spiritual principles. Our goal in CMA is the same as the health care professional’s goal: to help the addict stop using and lead a healthy lifestyle.
To Request Assistance
If you are a Health Care Professional, Correctional or Treatment Facility Professional, Employee Assistance Professional, Educator, Clergy Member, Counselor, Social Worker or Student and would like us to mail you further information about Crystal Meth Anonymous, or put you in touch with a local member, please fill out the following request form:
Learn About Hospitals & Institutions Meetings
What is an H&I Meeting?
An H&I meeting is a Twelve Step recovery meeting that takes place inside a jail, treatment center, hospital, recovery home, sober living environment or any other institution or facility where access to CMA meetings is limited or restricted. We use conference approved literature and provide this literature to those attending our meetings.
What happens at an H&I Meeting?
There are many formats that can be used at an H&I meeting such as: Topic & Discussion, “God Stick” Sharing, Question & Answer, just to name a few. Generally, there is a panel with a minimum of two crystal meth addicts sharing their personal experience with recovery and staying sober through the Twelve Steps. In many ways, H&I meetings resemble regular CMA meetings including the celebration of milestones in sobriety.