HOW TO START A CO-ANON MEETING
Who can start a meeting?
Tradition 3-The only requirement for membership is that there is a problem with cocaine or other mind-altering substance in a family member or friend. The family and friends, when gathered together for mutual help, may call themselves a Co-Anon Family Group, provided that, as a group, they have no other affiliation.
How to begin:
- Choose a day, time and location. It is suggested that one be started and held at the same time and day as an established Cocaine Anonymous meeting.
- Contact the establishment of desired location to check on availability and rental costs. Establishments may be a school, hospital, church etc.
- Choose a name for the group. A name identifies a group. Remember not to choose a name which affiliates the group with an outside enterprise (ex; the name of the church or establishment you are meeting at).
- Register the meeting with Co-Anon WSO using the Online Group Registration Form.
- Download the literature order form Literature Order Form.
- Contact the Co-Anon WSO via firstname.lastname@example.org and attach the Literature Order Form. Once received, we will send you a new meeting packet to get things started along with any other materials ordered.
- Fill out the New Meeting Form to list the new meeting on the WSO website. New Meeting Form. The form will help you select what type of meeting you would like to start. It is possible to combine different formats each week.
What types of meetings are there?
Invite a member to share what it was like, what happened and what it is like now. This involves one or more speakers who relate their personal stories and this may include their perspective or interpretation of the Program.
This meeting is for open sharing about the slogans, tools and Principles of the Program. The leader shares or selects a member to share on a topic and then it is open for others to share.
In this meeting, someone reads from one of the Conference Approved pieces; either a book or a piece of literature on the step to be studied. It is suggested that this be done with the traditions.
Choose from one of the Conference Approved books or “The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous” and read from it. Experience has shown us that studying from the “Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous” gives the family and friends insight into the book that started it all.
This meeting is designated for celebration of Recovery or Time in the Program. Members share their gratitude for the Program or their recovery.
The group writes a variety of Slogans and phrases on paper and puts them in a container. The container is passed around the room and each member gets an opportunity to pull a piece of paper from the container. They then read and share on what they have read.
In this meeting you have a different type of meeting each week (ex; week 1 speaker meeting, week 2 Step study meeting, week 3 Open Topic meeting, etc…).