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.
Many times, an H&I meeting is the first introduction to Crystal Meth Anonymous that many inmates, clients, or patients receive. Therefore, it is important that our message of recovery through the Twelve Steps be informative, clear, concise, positive, and solution oriented.
What is an H&I Meeting?
An H&I meeting is a Twelve Step recovery meeting that takes place inside jails, treatment centers, hospitals, recovery homes, sober living environments or any other institution or facility where access to CMA meetings is limited or restricted. We use conference approved literature and provide this literature to those attending our meetings.
What happens at an H&I Meeting?
There are many formats that can be used at an H&I meeting such as: Topic & Discussion, God Stick Sharing, Question & Answer, just to name a few. Generally, there is a panel with a minimum of two crystal meth addicts sharing their personal experience with recovery and staying sober through the Twelve Steps. In many ways, H&I meetings resemble regular CMA meetings including the celebration of milestones in sobriety.
Many crystal meth addicts have encountered an enhanced quality of recovery through their participation in H&I sharing. Many describe it as being an incredible experience knowing that they have made a difference. Our identity, as recovering crystal meth addicts, provides us with a unique perspective to carry the message of recovery to other crystal meth addicts. Other benefits of H&I service include:
- Helps us to maintain our recovery.
- Helps another to find recovery.
- It is rewarding.
- It challenges and improves us.
- Helps us to stay connected.
- Provides hope for the newcomer.
- It is a flexible commitment of one to two meetings per month.
- Many addicts will benefit from our valuable experience.
How do I become a member?
You can join your local H&I sub-committee and get into action in your local area. There are sobriety requirements to serve on certain panels. Also, there are clearance requirements for certain facilities such as jail or juvenile hall. Not every facility has strict requirements. If you have a desire to serve we can find a place for you.
Monthly Conference Call
All members of CMA who are interested in H&I service are invited to join the monthly H&I General Service conference call. The conference call is held on the fourth Saturday of each month at 9am Pacific, noon Eastern time. Call 712-432-0075 to join. The access code is 311101#