April 6, 2020

Dear members and fellows of Crystal Meth Anonymous,

On March 14, 2020, CMA put forth a Statement on COVID-19 with suggestions for in-person meetings and contingency plans if in-person meetings were not possible due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Three weeks later, the majority of CMA groups have moved to online or telephone meetings. Groups across the globe have registered their virtual meetings in the CMA Online Meeting Directory, and this list grows every day. Groups have also turned to cashless systems for the Seventh Tradition. It’s very clear that groups are indeed spiritual entities regardless of the place at which they gather, and we’re inspired by their commitment and resourcefulness in creating safe, virtual spaces for crystal meth addicts to meet anywhere and carry the message of recovery. The happy consequences are that members can attend virtual meetings around the world, see old friends, make new connections, and recognize that we’re here for each other. Remarkably, we are now reaching addicts in places where there’s never been a physical CMA meeting.

We’ve been receiving inquiries on how to start online meetings, choose online platforms, develop new meeting formats, and find ways to practice the Seventh Tradition virtually. While we do not wish to tell any group what to do or not do, we have collected some experience from the Fellowship in regards to this matter. We are working on guidelines and resources for CMA groups on using digital platforms during the coronavirus pandemic. We’ll provide links to the guidelines when they’ve been created.

Some CMA groups are still having in-person meetings and we continue our recommendations to avoid hand-shaking and hugging, discontinuing food or beverage service, and finding alternatives to “circling up” and passing baskets or coins from person to person. In addition, groups might find it helpful to check with national and local authorities and health agencies regarding any limitations to the number of people permitted to assemble and recommended best practices.

One last important thing to note is that Crystal Meth Anonymous does not endorse specific virtual options, digital platforms or public health agencies, but we acknowledge our cooperation in terms of the experience of the Fellowship and the desire to fulfill our primary purpose of carrying the message to the addict who still suffers.

We hope this information will be useful. We will continue to monitor this rapidly-changing environment and provide additional updates as needed. As always, take good care of yourselves, and each other.

The CMA General Service Committee