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C.A. SCOTLAND A Presentation to Professionals

C.A. SCOTLAND A Presentation to Professionals. Presentation Contents >Our Aims Today >C.A. Scotland Is… > C.A. Scotland Is Not… >History Of C.A. Scotland

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C.A. SCOTLANDA Presentation to Professionals

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Presentation Contents> Our Aims Today

> C.A. Scotland Is…

> C.A. Scotland Is Not…

> History Of C.A. Scotland

> Some of Our Traditions

> Anonymity

> Addiction

> Abstinence & Recovery

> The CA Group

> The 12 Steps

> Spirituality

> Sponsorship

> Some Aspects of Recovery

> Life After Drugs

> How We Can Help You

> Some Limitations

> How To Contact Us

> Questions & Answers

> Thank You

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Our Aims Today

Describe what C.A. Scotland is

Describe what C.A. Scotland is not

Explain how to find our meetings and how to get ourliterature

Outline how we can help you and how you can help us

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C.A. Scotland Is…

A fellowship of men and women for whom drugshad become a major problem

A community-based 12 Step programme fordaily recovery that has worked for many thousands ofaddicts worldwide

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C.A. Scotland Is Not…

About any particular drug or group of drugs- To us, a drug is any mind-altering substance

The only solution for drug addiction

A cult or religion

Affiliated with any other organisation

Funded by any third parties

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History of C.A. Scotland

Founded in Glasgow, in May 2001

In 2002 there were approximately 5 meetings, sincethen membership has grown dramatically

In 2004, C.A. Scotland held its 1st annual Convention called Rocketed.

In 2003 C.A. Scotland’s, Hospitals and Institutions committee was formed.

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History of C.A. Scotland

C.A. Scotland's Public Information committee was formed in 2005.

There are approximately 6 meetings held in hospitals andInstitutions.

C. A. Scotland continues to grow…

Today there are 39 meetings every week, with meetings heldIn Glasgow, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Ayrshire and Dunbartonshire.

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Some of Our Traditions

‘The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop usingcocaine and all other mind altering substances’

People do not have to be clean to attend CA meetings

We do not attempt to judge anyone’s desire– that is up to the individual

We have no initiation fees or dues, no pledges to sign,no promises to make to anyone

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Some of Our Traditions

‘Every CA group ought to be fully self-supporting, decliningoutside contributions’

Our programme is free

We are funded through:Voluntary contributions from membersLiterature salesFundraising events such as Conventions

We do not accept donations from outside sources

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Some of Our Traditions

‘Cocaine Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues, hencethe CA name ought never be drawn into public controversy’

For us, ‘outside issues’ include:The role of drugs in societyGovernment drug policyThe effectiveness of various methods of addiction

treatment

Our sole purpose is to help those who decide they havea drug problem

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Some of Our Traditions

‘A CA group ought never endorse, finance or lend the CA nameto any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems ofmoney, property or prestige divert us from our primary purpose’

But we do co-operate with individuals and organisationssuch as Government, medical, educational and legal

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Anonymity

Allows addicts to attend meetings without fear of legal orsocial repercussions

Supports an atmosphere of equality in meetings

Means that we don’t keep attendance records

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Anonymity

We ask for your help in maintaining our tradition of personalanonymity

Please do not identify people by name or in full-face photographsas members of C.A. Scotland

Please do not describe details of their personal circumstanceswhich could reveal their identities

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Addiction

C.A. Scotland uses a simple, experience-orientated disease concept of addiction

We do not qualify our use of the term ‘disease’ in anymedical or specialised therapeutic sense

To us, drug use is only a symptom of the underlying problem,which is the disease of addiction

Some typical behaviour patterns of active addiction include:Compulsive, self-centred, obsessive behaviourLiving in isolationBeing in denial of drug and living problems

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Abstinence & Recovery

C.A. Scotland encourages its members to observecomplete abstinence from all drugs, including alcohol

It is our experience that complete and continuousabstinence from all drugs is the best foundation forrecovery and personal growth

The concept of reaching out to addicts in need is the basis of our spiritual program

This is primarily achieved through regular meetings

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The CA Group

Meets regularly at a specific time and place; follows the 12 Stepsand 12 Traditions of Cocaine Anonymous

Key components of a meeting:Identification of one addict with another, recognition of

ourselves in othersSharing of personal experience, strength and hopeA ‘sanctuary’ where addicts can support one another and

form new friendships

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The CA Group

Typical meeting structure:ReadingsChair/ShareMeeting is opened for sharingAnnouncementsKey-ringsSerenity Prayer

The Newcomer is the most important person at any meeting

We keep what we have only by giving it away:Service opportunities in groups help people become

involved, eg making tea, handling literature, greetingothers

We run ‘Open’ meetings where non-addicts can attendand observe

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The 12 Steps

These are tools that help us learn to live and enjoy life withoutthe use of drugs

The 12 Steps of CA teach honesty, open-mindedness,willingness, acceptance, humility, love, integrity, faith,selfless service and more

Our 12 Step programme is based on principles that we canfollow in our daily lives

The pace of the programme is always up to the individual

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Spirituality

C.A. Scotland is non-religious and encourages eachmember to cultivate an individual understanding of a HigherPower, religious or not

Central to the programme is an emphasis on what is referredto as a ‘Spiritual Awakening’, or a change in thinking/personality

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Sponsorship

The essence of C.A. Scotland is the therapeutic value of one addict helpinganother

Sponsorship is a very practical way of achieving this

Members are free to choose a sponsor (or not to, though it issuggested they do)

Sponsors act as mentors or guides, helping sponsees towork through the 12 Steps

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Some Aspects of Recovery

The honest admission of being an addict

Finding hope and developing faith

Coming to a better understanding of ourselves, changingour old behaviours, removing defects of character, makingamends for past wrongs

Continuing to develop faith and improve our living actions,helping and sharing with other

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Life After Drugs

We develop new interests

We practice spiritual principles in our lives

We develop freedom from self-obsession

We gain self-respect, as well as respect for others

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Life After Drugs

We get together and develop new friendships

Every year, Scotland (like most other countries) holds a nationalConvention where hundreds of addicts meet to celebrate andshare their recovery; there are also many local and social events across Scotland

Every year there is a World Convention attended by thousands

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How We Can Help You

Provide a resource in the community – a soft landing forpeople finishing treatment programmes

Provide literature and meeting information

Give Public Information presentations

Start and run meetings in institutions

Advise on how to start public meetings

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Some Limitations

We are volunteers and we rotate service commitments

We answer to the groups and it can take time when weconsult them

We do not provide vocational, social or welfare services

We do not engage in education or propaganda about drugs

We do not persuade or recruit anyone to join C.A. Scotland

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How To Contact Us

C.A. Scotland Helpline0141 959 6363

C.A. Scotland websitewww.cascotland.org.uk

C.A. Scotland Information email [email protected]

Cocaine Anonymous World Services websitewww.ca.org

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Question & Answer Period

C.A. Scotland

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C.A. ScotlandThank You

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How To Contact Us

C.A. Scotland Helpline0141 959 6363

C.A. Scotland websitewww.cascotland.org.uk

C.A. Scotland Information email [email protected]

Cocaine Anonymous World Services websitewww.ca.org