The role of the CAD is expressed in the 10 sobriety guidlines.
The ten sobriety guidelines of CAD are based on the premise that substance dependence is identifiable and treatable. The starting point is the acceptance and recognition of dependence and becomes his or her commitment to a sober lifestyle on a daily basis.
The CAD also views support to the co-dependent as crucial in the success of sobriety.
It must be emphasized that without this acceptance, recognition and commitment there can be no significant progress towards achieving a sober lifestyle. Below are the guidlines for the depentend and the co-dependent.
The 10 Guidelines for the substance depentent
A. I acknowledge the existance of my problem and it’s nature.
To aknowledge the the problem I accept that the following is true:
1. I am substance abusive/depentend. This is a chronic sickness for which there is no cure and relapse is possible at any time, except if I maintain a sober lifestyle.
2. The substance abuse can be curdled but only by total lifelong abstinance.
B. I accept accountability for my problem and the need for help in the solution thereof.
To accept accountability proves that I belive:
3. I made choices on my own that led to my substance dependence.
4. I alone can make the choices to hamper my substance dependence.
5. I must forgive myself and seek forgiveness from the Lord and others which I have treated unjustly while I was under the influance.
6. I must be patient whith changes while I am building a new sober lifestyle.
7. I need the support, strength and guidance from the Lord and others that understand my problem.
C. I hold myself to sobriety and usefuleness.
By accepting sobriety and usefullness as a human being I promise to:
8. With the past behind me to live a sober lifetyle in the Christian ethos.
9. To grow and prosper so that I may support others that is in need of help to stay sober.
10. To tell others about my sobriety and encourage them to become sober.
Guidelines for the co – dependent
The ten sobriety guidelines and thus the core of the role of the co-dependent in the CAD is contained in the following three key decisions .
A. I acknowledge the existence of my co-dependents problem and its nature .
To recognize means I admit that it is true that:
1. I have a co – dependent , or that I ‘m involved in a substance dependent to a chronic, relapsing and fatal disease for which there is no remedy other than a sober lifestyle.
2 . The substance dependency can be disabled , but only by complete and lifelong abstinence.
B. I accept accountability for helping my co-dependent in solving the dependency problem.
Accepting responsibility means that I believe that:
3. I alone can make the decisions for my assistance in achieving sobriety.
4. I alone can make the decisions necessary to help my co-dependent.
5. I have to forgive myself and seek the forgiveness of God and others for the injustice against me, him/her and another committed while my co-dependent was under the influence.
6. I have to be patient while I and other changes in lifestyle that are essential for my co – dependent ‘s lifelong sobriety ;
7. I need support, strength and guidance from the Lord and from others who understand my problem and need to make lifestyle changes to assist my co-dependent’s in lifelong sobriety .
C. I commit myself to my co-dependent sobriety and usefulness .
Commit myself to my co-dependent sobriety and usefulness, I mean that I vow to do everything in my ability to:
8. With the past behind me, to help my co-dependent maintain a sober lifestyle and live out the Christian ethos
9. To grow and develop so that I can support others who need my help to stay sober
10. To tell other substance dependants about sobriety and to encourage them to become sober.