The Twelve Steps
of Co-Anon Family Groups
The Twelve Traditions
- We admitted we were powerless over addiction -- that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood him.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
- Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and become willing to make amends to them all.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible except when to do so would injure them or others.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
- Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
of Co-Anon Family Groups
- Our common welfare should come first; personal progress for the greatest number depends upon unity.
- For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority -- a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
- The only requirement for Co-Anon membership is that there be a problem of addiction in a relative or friend. The relatives of addicts, when gathered together for mutual aid, may call themselves a Co-Anon Family Group, provided that, as a group, they have no other affiliation.
- Each group should be autonomous, except in matters affecting another group or Co-Anon or CA as a whole.
- Each Co-Anon Family Group has but one purpose: to help families of addicts/alcoholics. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps of C.A. ourselves, by encouraging and understanding our addicted relatives, and by welcoming and giving comfort to families of addicts/alcoholics.
- Our Family Groups ought never endorse, finance or lend our name to any outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary spiritual aim; but although a separate entity, we should always cooperate with Cocaine Anonymous.
- Every group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
- Co-Anon Twelfth Step work should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
- Our groups, as such, ought never to be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
- The Co-Anon Family Groups have no opinion on outside issues; hence our name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
- Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, TV, and films. We need guard with special care the anonymity of all C.A. members.
- Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles above personalities.
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