T.G.I.F. The Big Book Sponsorship Group is an open meeting of Cocaine Anonymous. We’re serious about our recovery. We know from our experiences that “half measures avail us nothing” and that “faith without works is dead.”
We meet every Friday evening from 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at 427 Bloor St. West (1 block west of Spadina Ave. & Bloor St. W.) to discover the spiritual principles that would solve all our problems. Our primary purpose is to connect untreated addicts to recovered addicts, who can guide newcomers through a personalized one on one study of the Twelve Step program as described in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. We substitute terms and phrases related to alcoholism to include cocaine and all mind-altering substances.
This a Big Book Sponsorship Meeting. We shall be interested to hear from those who are getting results from this book, particularly those who have commenced work with other addicts. We have no attitude of Holier Than Thou, nothing whatever except the sincere desire to be helpful; that there are no fees to pay, no axes to grind, no people to please, no lectures to be endured—these are the conditions we have found most effective. We have ceased fighting anything or anyone, even cocaine and all other mind-altering substances. Love and tolerance of others is our code. We don’t talk down to an addict from any moral or spiritual hilltop; we simply lay out the kit of spiritual tools for your inspection and show others how they worked for us. We offer friendship and fellowship. If you want to get well we will do anything to help. To show other addicts precisely how we have recovered is the main purpose of the first 164 pages of the book, Alcoholics Anonymous.
If you would like to share your step experience, ask a question about the 12 Step program, or seek a solution to a particular problem, then this is a meeting for you. Wait until you are acknowledged by the chairperson before sharing and we ask that you keep your sharing to approximately two to three minutes. Cross talk is permitted, but only to cite experiences and answers as found in the text of the Big Book.
We have a 7th Tradition. There are no dues or fees for C.A. membership. We are fully self-supporting through our own voluntary contributions. Our needs are simple, a place to hold our meeting and literature to help carry the message..
Remember, studying the steps is not the same as taking the Steps. The Big Book says, “Here are the steps we took” NOT “here are the steps we read and talked about.” Experience has proven that action, not knowledge, produces the spiritual awakening that results in recovery from alcoholism or addiction.
If you have decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to recover—then you are ready to take certain steps. To work with someone who has recovered, someone who can show you ‘how it works’— ‘that is ‘how to recover from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body’, see me after the meeting and we will get you started.
Remember, we recover by the steps we take, not the meetings we make!