What Is Crystal Meth Anonymous?

Crystal Meth Anonymous is a fellowship of people who share their experience, strength and hope with each other, so they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from addiction to crystal meth. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using. There are no dues or fees for CMA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. CMA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; and neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to lead a sober life and to carry the message of recovery to the crystal meth addict who still suffers.*

*Adapted with permission of the grapevine of alcoholics anonymous.
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Voices of the Fellowship

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Through this new portal, you have access to our members’ written stories of recovery. You can also listen to speakers from meetings and perhaps identify with our experiences.

A Letter to Anyone New to CMA

Dear Friend,

Thank you for your interest in Crystal Meth Anonymous. Crystal Meth Anonymous is a fellowship of people for whom all drugs, specifically crystal meth, have become a problem. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using. There are no dues or membership lists. The fellowship that is Crystal Meth Anonymous is a new way of life without Crystal Meth. Crystal Meth Anonymous advocates a twelve step recovery program for spiritual development, no matter what our religious belief or background. The first step in our recovery is admission by the addict that he or she is powerless over crystal meth, and that life has become unmanageable. 

The experience of CMA members is that Crystal Meth Addiction is a progressive illness that cannot be cured, but which, like some other illnesses, can be arrested, by not using, one day at a time. CMA members are happy to offer help by sharing their experience, strength and hope in how they stay clean & sober. One of the ways members stay clean & sober is by helping other Crystal Meth Addicts to achieve sobriety.

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24 Hour HELPLINE

Think you may have a problem with crystal meth? 

Call the CMA Helpline at:

(855) METH-FREE (855) 638-4373


CMA's 24-Hour Helpline is available to provide information and offer support to anyone seeking recovery from crystal meth addiction. Please note the Helpline is not a crisis hotline and therefore not equipped to respond to emergencies or answer any questions of a medical or legal nature. Although we have volunteers 24-hours a day, some calls do get sent to a voicemail system. If that happens, please leave a message including your phone number so we can call you back as soon as possible.

The CMA Service Conference

The 2019 General Service Conference is being held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

October 3-6, 2019

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Crystal Clear - Stories of Hope

cma book"Crystal Clear – Stories of Hope" is a collection of personal stories of recovery from the members of the Twelve-Step fellowship Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA).

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Members of CMA describe their personal journeys getting clean and sober; their process of working the Twelve Steps; and offer their experience, strength and hope for those struggling with addiction to crystal meth.

Now available in Kindle Edition through on-line retailers.

The CMA Recovery Store

one yr bronzePlease visit our new online store. At the CMA online store you can purchase official CMA chips, medallions, & stickers. We have just added anniversary chips up to 25 years, bronze medallions up to 15 years, and new plastic recovery chips that commemorate each month of sobriety!

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For The Public

For Friends & Family

Crystal Meth Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other, so they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from addiction to crystal meth. We cannot offer counseling or suggestions on the situations of family members and loved ones of addicts.

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For The Professional

Crystal Meth Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other, so they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from addiction to crystal meth. The foundation of the fellowship is regular attendance at meetings where members discuss how they achieved sobriety and a new outlook on their way of living. We recommend a program of recovery which includes the Twelve Steps of recovery set forth by Alcoholics Anonymous.

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Learn About Hospitals & Institutions Meetings

The primary purpose of the Hospitals & Institutions Advisory Committee is to carry the Crystal Meth Anonymous message of recovery to individuals who are confined, restricted, or otherwise unable to attend a Twelve Step CMA meeting.

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Anonymity and the Media

For many years, we in CMA have appreciated the support we have received from our friends in the media. You have assisted in saving countless lives. We seek your continued cooperation in protecting the anonymity of our members at the public level.

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The CMA History of Service

In 1994, the founder of CMA--Bill C., a recovering crystal meth addict 16 years sober in A.A.--observed a growing number of other crystal meth addicts attending various twelve-step meetings in Los Angeles. Bill recalled that many of the secretaries of these meetings did not like the shares of the crystal meth addicts and were therefore reluctant to call on them in meetings. Bill maintained that there ought to be a place for these people to share.

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The CMA History of Service

The Beginning

In 1994, the founder of CMA--Bill C., a recovering crystal meth addict 16 years sober in A.A.--observed a growing number of other crystal meth addicts attending various twelve-step meetings in Los Angeles. Bill recalled that many of the secretaries of these meetings did not like the shares of the crystal meth addicts and were therefore reluctant to call on them in meetings. Bill maintained that there ought to be a place for these people to share.

The words in the Book, Alcoholics Anonymous and the Twelve and Twelve are just words until we put them into practice -- that's when they become a program.
- Bill C, founder of CMA.


Though the program of recovery as outlined in the Twelve Steps would clearly work for crystal meth addicts, the other meetings' singleness of purpose meant that many who exclusively used crystal felt uncomfortable participating fully in these meetings and fellowships. Bill believed that these people would benefit from a special-purpose meeting for those recovering from addiction to crystal meth. 

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From this idea the fellowship of Crystal Meth Anonymous was born.

Attended by 13 people, the first meeting of Crystal Meth Anonymous was held September 16th, 1994, @ 9:45 pm at the West Hollywood Alcohol and Drug Center in West Hollywood, California. The speaker at that meeting was Don N. (who, by no coincidence, returned as the keynote speaker fourteen years later at CMA's first General Services Conference at Park City, Utah).

Many of those original members who attended that first meeting--Nina, Eli, Pete, Michael, Rick and others--are still clean and sober and remain active in the fellowship as of 2009. Members of that meeting quickly started other meetings, and within a few months there were meetings daily in Los Angeles.

The early CMA meetings based their readings and program of recovery on that of AA and also of NA. Members of the fellowship worked the Steps, referring to literature and materials borrowed from AA, NA and CA. To this day such diversity has endured in the fellowship nationwide, as members refer to the experience embodied in the literature of other fellowships for guidance on working their program of recovery.

Members of CMA in Los Angeles started meetings in San Francisco and San Diego. Meetings also sprang up in Salt Lake City, New York City and Phoenix in 1998. By 2001, CMA meetings had begun in Atlanta, Georgia, and soon thereafter meetings followed in many other parts of the country.

Crystal Meth Anonymous, Inc.

In 1997, the seven Los Angeles meetings formed a committee and began the process of legal incorporation as a California non-profit corporation. Aware that these seven meetings could not claim spiritual authority to speak on behalf of the meetings developing throughout the country, they called this committee the General Services Committee (rather than World Services). They also developed a new-meeting packet to help people start CMA meetings in other parts of the country. Initially sent via postal mail upon a written or phoned request, then made available for online download the fellowship began to grow explosively.

In 2002, the IRS extended tax exempt status to Crystal Meth Anonymous, Inc., as a 501(c)3 public benefit corporation. With the recognition of CMA's non-profit status, the original general services group in Los Angeles began seeking ways to open the collective voice of the fellowship to participation from groups worldwide. An advisory committee, the "Structural Reorganization Committee", formed to study the service structures of other fellowships, contacts groups around the country for their input, and eventually proposes that CMA's bylaws be changed and a new service structure be developed.

In an effort to align CMA's GSC with the diversity and reach of the fellowship, a complete revision of CMA's bylaws began in 2004, culminating in ratification in February 2006. Significantly, these bylaws endowed CMA with a Board of Trustees comprised of members of the fellowship from around the country.

The Fellowship of CMA Grows

In October of 2008, nearly 200 delegates, trustees, committee members and members of the fellowship gathered in Park City, Utah, for the first General Service Conference. A conference charter was ratified. The 12 Concepts for CMA World Service were adopted. Many issues were brought to discussion, and many found resolution. One memorable example follows:

For the past few years a discussion existed: "Is CMA a fellowship or a program?" At the first General Service Conference, the following statement was adopted; "The Fellowship of Crystal Meth Anonymous works a Twelve Step program of recovery. We have not felt the need to elaborate in great detail a specific CMA approach to the Twelve Steps: too many other excellent outlines already exist for following these spiritual principles. But our experience has shown that without the Steps we could not stay sober."

As of 2016, this General Service web site lists nearly 600 meetings in many states and provinces and in 6 countries around the world.