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The Importance of Anonymity

Traditionally, CMA members have always taken care to preserve their anonymity at the "public" level: press, radio, television, films, and other media.

First, we know from experience that many crystal meth addicts might hesitate to turn to CMA for help if they thought others might discuss their problem publicly, even inadvertently. Newcomers should be able to seek help with assurance that their identities will not be disclosed to anyone outside the Fellowship.

Then, too, we believe that the concept of personal anonymity has a spiritual significance for us -- that it discourages the drives for personal recognition, power, prestige, or profit that have caused difficulties in some societies. Much of our relative effectiveness in working with crystal meth addicts might be impaired if we sought or accepted public recognition.

While each member of CMA is free to make his or her own interpretations of CMA Traditions, no individual member is ever recognized as a spokesperson for the Fellowship locally, nationally, or internationally. Each member speaks only for himself or herself.

Any CMA member may, for various reasons, "break anonymity" deliberately at the public level. Since this is a matter of individual choice and conscience, the CMA fellowship as a whole obviously has no control over such deviations from this tradition. It is clear, however, that such individuals do not have the approval of the overwhelming majority of members.

CMA is indebted to all media for their assistance in strengthening the tradition of anonymity over the years. From time to time, the CMA World Service Office contacts all major media in the United States and Canada, describing this Tradition and asking for cooperation in its observance.