If you have ever questioned the meaning of anonymity, perhaps this pamphlet will help.
This concept is vital to the continued growth and existence of Cocaine Anonymous.
The Fellowship’s name contains a promise of privacy. What we see and hear in our meetings is confidential. We remain a safe place to share our experience, strength and hope.
Due to that privacy is very important when we first enter the Fellowship. We fear at the thought that all the people we relate to might find out about our addiction. As we grow in recovery, the concept of anonymity takes on a greater role. It calls on us to act with humility. Hence, have accurate opinions of ourselves and our relationship with others.
AS WE EXPRESS IT
In Cocaine Anonymous we try to attract instead of promote.
We need always to keep each one´s identity concealed at all public level. This explains that no one among us act as spokesperson for our Fellowship. If we do carry out service work at the public level, we do so without making our name known. This helps protect both the Fellowship and us. It protects the Fellowship from damage behaviours we may do in and protects us from exaltation, which would harm our own recovery.
We are not an obscure society.
Our experience can be shared with those who could benefit form it.
We do not promote our solution to drug and alcohol addiction. It is our aim when would-be members see how our lives tourned around, they will may feel attracted and inspired to join us.
Within our Fellowship, it is the choice of each individual whether to disclose his or her last name or share contact information. If we recognize other members outside of our meetings, we should take care to avoid unveiling their identity in front of each other.
The principle of anonymity is humility. As we practice the program, own esteem grows and we become at ease with ourselves. We are no more worry about how others think of us. We are able to apply honesty and love in our dealings with others.
AS DISCUSSED IN OUR MANUAL OF CONDUCT
Our members have always taken care to preserve their identity at press, radio, television and films.
Many people with drug problems won´t like to turn to Cocaine Anonymous for help if they thought their problems might found discussed publicly by others. Would-be members should be able to seek help with complete guarantee that their identities will not be told to anyone outside the Fellowship.
The concept of personal anonymity has a key meaning for us. It does not see the need for personal recognition, power, prestige or profit that have caused troubles all over. Much of our efficiency in working with addicts might be blocked if we look for or accept focus of attention.
While each one in C.A. is free to make his or her own interpretation of Cocaine Anonymous´s thoughts. There is none acting as spokesperson for the Fellowship at any level. Each member speaks only for themselves.
Cocaine Anonymous thanks to all media for their help in this issue of anonymity. Usually, the C.A. World Service Office sends to all major media a letter describing how this works and asks their support in keeping it.
A member may, for various reasons, reveal his or her identity deliberately at the public level. Since that is a matter of individual choice, the Fellowship as a whole has no control over such deviations. It is clear, however, that they do not have the approval of the fellowship.
Our position over this matter on the Internet may be found in the World Service Conference Information at www.ca.org.
In the spirit of the Sixth Tradition, C.A. does not ally with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution.