Reaching Out to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

In the ancient world, when children were discovered to be deaf, they were often disowned and left to die or fend for themselves.

Cocaine Anonymous' preamble states that "our primary purpose is to stay free from cocaine and all other mind-altering substances, and to help others achieve the same freedom." C.A.'s 12th Step tells us that we, as a Fellowship, have a responsibility to reach out to carry this message to addicts. The 1st and 5th Traditions remind us that "our common welfare comes first, that personal recovery DEPENDS upon C.A. unity" and that "each group has but one primary purpose -- to carry its message to the addicts who still suffers."

So just how does one reach out to the deaf or hard of hearing?

There are many ways! Like everything else, reaching out to the deaf or hard of hearing addict requires willingness and open-mindedness. In this pamphlet, we present some ways to help you get started.

A. Bring the message of C.A. recovery to the hard of hearing
B. Establish at least one meeting per month at which an interpreter is present
C. Events/Conventions
D. General Ways to Reach Out and Touch Deaf Addicts
IDENTIFY ... DON'T COMPARE! Share your EXPERIENCE, STRENGTH & HOPE. That's why we all come to Cocaine Anonymous.

With the right open hand near the right side of your forehead and the left open hand forward of the left side of your forehead, palms facing each other, bend the fingers down on both hands towards each other twice.
Taking a thought and looking for it in the future.


Move the extended right index finger from your forehead smoothly down, changing into an "S" hand (closed fist), meeting the left "S" hand in front of the chest, both palms facing your body.
Taking information from the brain plus "faith."


Bring the fingers of both loose "claw" hands from in front of the shoulders, palms toward body, outward, changing into "S" hands a few inches from the chest.
Taking strength from the body.