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Inside this Issue:                       

Lifeline: What is that?
Service Announcements
Upcoming Events
Why Recovery in the Rockies is Epic





Lifeline: What is That?                                                             


What is Lifeline?

C.A. Lifeline is a service sub-committee of the Hospitals & Institutions Committee.  C.A.  Lifeline’s primary purpose is to help the newcomer addicts’ transition from treatment to the rooms of Cocaine Anonymous.  We do this by providing a temporary contact in the newcomer’s local area. 
Members of Cocaine Anonymous, usually acting in pairs, meet the patients after their release from treatment and accompany them to their first C.A. meeting.  Participation in the C.A. Lifeline is always voluntary.

The C.A. Lifeline committee’s activities include:
1. Provide vital link between treatment and the fellowship of C.A.
2. Meet and correspond with representatives of local treatment centers to ask for permission to work with their patients.  
3. Correspond with patients desiring C.A. Lifeline on release.
4. Maintain a list of C.A. volunteers willing to do C.A. Lifeline work.
5. Print and distribute appropriate literature.
Tradition Three “The only requirement for C.A. membership is a desire to stop using cocaine and all other mind-altering substances.”

Experience, Strength, and Hope

“In my first 30 days of sobriety, I had the privilege to attend a panel meeting that Cocaine Anonymous brought into the residential treatment center I was living in.  At this meeting, I met the woman who would become my sponsor.  That meeting, along with the many other ones I have attended while I was in treatment, truly saved my life.  Without them I would not know about the fellowship of Cocaine Anonymous; the fellowship that has become my family.  I have no idea where I would be without those Lifeline Meetings, and I cannot wait to see them save the lives of many others.”
“The treatment center I attended had a Lifeline Meeting every week.  They introduced me to the rooms of Cocaine Anonymous after I discharged from that facility.  They gave me a big book and most importantly, gave me hope.  Without Lifeline, I may not have found my way to the rooms of Cocaine Anonymous.  I might still be living in misery.”
“As a part of the Lifeline Committee, I have the opportunity to share my experience, strength, and hope with those who feel hopeless.  It is a great feeling to see the client’s light up at the sound of our stories and how grateful they are to have us come visit them every week.  It is truly an uplifting experience, and I wouldn’t change it for anything.”
“When I first started doing service with Lifeline, I wasn’t aware of how powerful our meetings are to the clients in the facilities we visit.  I am reminded where I came from, and it gives me the motivation to stay clean and sober.”
“If you want to do some important and life saving service work, join Lifeline.  It is the best feeling I have felt in sobriety.  I love working with others.”
If you like what you’ve read here, identify with the feelings being shared, and want to feel similar feelings, you can attend your local H&I committee meeting and participate in your own recovery by helping others.


Service Announcements:

Would you like to be of service?  Not sure where to go?  Check out this list of service committees and find the one that is right for you!!
Area Business Meeting:  CA of Utah Area meets the SECOND Sunday of every month at Fellowship Hall in the Large Room at 2:00 PM.  Come to the Area Meeting to check out the open positions at the area level.
Entertainment Committee:  The Entertainment Committee meets EVERY Thursday at 7:00 PM in the Card Room at the Alano Club. 
Recovery in the Rockies:  Recovery in the Rockies always needs help.  They meet the SECOND Sunday of the month at 11:00 AM in the small room at Fellowship Hall.
Hospitals & Institutions: Get a new high with H&I!  H&I meets the SECOND Sunday of each month at 10:00 AM in the small room at Fellowship Hall.
Lifeline:  Lifeline always needs people willing to be speakers and temporary contacts.  Lifeline meets the FIRST Sunday of each month at 6:30 PM in the Cafeteria at UNI.


Upcoming Events:

Are you ready to P-A-R-T-Y???




Looking Ahead:

Rockies XXVII: September 22-25, 2016
Location: Newpark Resort - Hotel and Conference Center
               1456 Newpark Boulevard
               Park City, UT, 84098
Reservation #: 1-877-649-3600
Group Name: Recovery In The Rockies 27
Room Rates: Deluxe: $115/night, Suite: $159/night, 2 Room Suite: $205/night, 2 Bedroom Townhome: $189/night



Why Recovery in the Rockies is Epic

It was about 11:00 PM on a Friday night.  We had just finished a few meetings and socializing.  I was roaming our hotel and found some friendly faces in the Hospitality Room.  I sat down in a chair and started chatting with some of my best friends in the world.  What followed next was nothing short of magical.
One by one, random members would enter the room.  Someone would ask them a deep and profound question about their story.  One by one, each person would sit down and share their experience with an honesty and realness that could be palpated.  The room began to fill up with people, and you could feel the intense spiritual connection in the air. Soon, we ran out of chairs.  As a group, we decided to move our spiritual meeting to the next room. 
It just so happens, this was where the Midnight Meeting was about to start.  I looked around the room and saw that every chair was filled.  This room was now overflowing with recovery, realness, spirituality, and unity.  The shares were profound.  The emotions were flowing.  The tears were real.  It was then when I realized that this was exactly where I was supposed to be at this exact moment.  The meeting lasted for over 90 minutes.  No one wanted to leave.  It wasn’t the exact words being said, or the stories…it was that feeling.  That feeling of connection and belonging I had been looking for my whole life.  This was it.  Now, I had really arrived. 
Think about it.  There we were, 50 or so different people from different backgrounds, all together on a Friday Night in Park City, UT….SOBER!  After the Midnight Meeting, we took a short smoke break.  Some people went to bed.  Some went back to the meeting room.  There, at almost 2:00 AM, we had another meeting.  This one was relatively full for the time of night.  A few of us stayed up continuing meeting after meeting, share after share, learning and growing together, discussing recovery, The Big Book, experiences, all until 5:00 AM.  It wasn’t like Abracadabra magic…it was like human beings being human beings magic. 
It’s hard to put into words, unless you have experienced something like this.  For me, it was similar to bonding with people over party drugs or having weird far-out conversations on psychedelics.  The big difference here was: WE WERE SOBER AND WE WERE REAL. 
It was an unbelievable night.  I know I will never forget it.  It was epic. And for the rest of the weekend, we learned together in workshops, discusses the principles, the steps, the traditions and more.  We dressed up and at a fancy banquet together.  Then we dressed up again for the 80’s Dance Party.  It was a weekend of spiritual growth and learning, of connection and belonging, of fun in sobriety, and of epic life-altering experiences that have changed me forever.  I am so grateful to have had these experiences and I truly can’t wait to have more!  Recovery in the Rockies XXVII, here I come!!

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Salt Lake City   (801) 493-7879


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