Information about the Cocaine Anonymous service structure and committees serving the West Country Area.

Tradition 9: C.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.

Each small part makes a big whole

In addition to finding a spiritual way of life, recovery is about changing negative aspects of our personalities into positive ones. We came into the program with big egos but little or no self-esteem. We thought we were better than other people yet, at the same time, felt “less than.” We were people who took from others and abused friendships all of our lives. We had no concept of doing anything for anyone without the thought of some kind of reward. By the sheer grace of our Higher Powers, we have found several ways of unlearning such behaviour in the program. One way is to be of service to the Fellowship of Cocaine Anonymous. We discovered that the best way to serve God was to serve our fellow humans, and we found humility in the process. Our self-centred behaviour was gradually replaced with the “attitude of service.” We learned that service is about gratitude and learning how to contribute to our lives and the lives of others.

Why Be of Service?

  • To give back what was so freely given to us;
  • To take on a commitment as a symbolic way of making amends;
  • To meet other recovering addicts;
  • To learn how to be part of a team;
  • To learn humility by doing something selfless for someone else;
  • To learn skills or teach others what we know;
  • To learn responsibility.


  • Share a commitment, such as a hotline slot, if your schedule doesn’t allow you to have one of your own.
  • Find a place where you can be of service and then give 100%.
  • Volunteer at a meeting when help is asked for or better yet, before it is asked for.
  • Encourage the people you sponsor to take on commitments and then help them to keep those commitments.
  • Ask your sponsor what type of service commitment you could take on that would best serve the Fellowship. 
  • Adopt the attitude of service without reward.

Remember, time spent working on a commitment is time not spent getting loaded.