The Twelve Steps

1) We admitted we were powerless over cocaine and all other mind-altering substances and that 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 God, as we understood Him.

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 these defects of character.

7) Humbly asked him 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 persons 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 God, as we understood Him, praying only for the knowledge of his will 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 others and practice these principles in all our affairs


The Twelve Steps are reprinted and adapted with permission of Cocaine Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. Permission to reprint and adapt the Twelve Steps do not mean that CA or AA is affiliated with this program.  AA is a program of recovery from alcoholism. The use of the Steps in connection with programs and activities which are patterned after AA, but which address other problems, does not imply affiliation.

The Twelve Traditions

1) Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends on Co-Anon unity.

2) 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.

3) The only requirement for membership is that there is a problem with cocaine and all other mind-altering substances in a relative or friend. The relatives and friends of such, when gathered together for mutual help, may call themselves a Co-Anon Family Group, provided that, as a group, they have no other affiliation.

4) Each group should be autonomous, except in matters affecting another group, Co-Anon Family Groups or Cocaine Anonymous as a whole.

5) Each Co-Anon Family Group has but one purpose: to help the family of addicts. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps of Cocaine Anonymous ourselves, by understanding addiction, and by carrying the message of hope and personal recovery to the family and friends of someone addicted to cocaine or other mind-altering substances.

6) Our Co-Anon 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 purpose. Although a separate entity, we should always cooperate with Cocaine Anonymous.

7) Every group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.

8) Co-Anon Family Groups should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.

9) Co-Anon Family Groups, as such, ought never be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.

10) The Co-Anon Family Groups have no opinions on outside issues: hence our name ought never be drawn into public controversy.

11) 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 to guard with special care the anonymity of all Cocaine Anonymous members.

12) Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles above personalities.

The Co-Anon Family Groups World Service Board shall use its best efforts to ensure that these Twelve Traditions are maintained, for it is regarded by the fellowship of Co-Anon Family Groups as the custodian of these Traditions and accordingly, it shall not identify itself nor, so far as it is within its power to do so, permit others to modify, alter, or amplify these Traditions