Caffeine Addicts Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others recover from caffeine addiction. We follow the 12-Step tradition of anonymity and mutual support.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using caffeine (not abstinence). There are no dues or fees for CAFAA membership; we’re self-supporting through our own contributions.
CAFAA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization, or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay free from caffeine and help other caffeine addicts achieve a caffeine-free life.
We hold three free teleconference meetings a week.
Please visit our meeting page for more details.
The History Of CAFAA
Caffeine Addicts Anonymous (CAFAA) began in 2010, when Sue B. (MA) and another caffeine addict, Amelia (CA) hosted the very first CAFAA phone meeting on a Monday night in April. That was a literature meeting, based on the AA Big Book and 12 Steps and 12 Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous. Most of the attendees came from the 6:30 am EST Artificial Sweetener meeting.
In 2011, Rena C. (WI) joined, and created our first phone/email contacts list. She also updated the meeting format and began circulating the contacts list and the ever-updating formats, a service position which she manages to this day. Later that year, Sue B. travelled to Vermont, where she met face-to-face with Claire (WI), which was the first face-to-face meeting of CAFAA members.
Claire went back to Wisconsin, and, in 2012, started a Sunday night phone meeting, which is where Mike A. (WI) first encountered our fellowship. In August of that year, the Sunday night meeting was closed due to poor attendance.
In 2013, Rena C. created the first CAFAA posters to be displayed in AA clubhouses in different time zones and began posting them in her local clubhouse. In July of that year, Sue B. flew to Wisconsin, where she met CAFAA members Rena C., Mike A., Tracy, Pamela and Gerri for the first ever CAFAA face-to-face meeting at the Monona Serenity Club, in Monona, WI, followed by dinner at Bunky’s Cafe. In September, Mike A. started the Thursday night telephone meeting.
In 2014, CAFAA landed on the Internet when Rena C. and Sue B. ordered the Caffeine Addicts Anonymous domain name and Website Builder from GoDaddy. By October, Rena had launched the CaffeineAddictsAnonymous website.
In 2015, Mike A. found a company who would customize bronze coins for CAFAA, and the fellowship had their first anniversary coins for annual anniversaries. In July of that year, the Monday night and Thursday night meetings were merged due to declining attendance.
2017 brought on big exciting changes for CAFAA. That year, Sue B. and Rena C. ordered Website Optimizer to improve CAFAA’s search engine visibility and optimization. In May of that year, CAFAA began sending out plastic celebration coins for monthly anniversaries. In June, Mike A. and Rena C. started the Sunday afternoon telephone meeting. In July, Sue B. started the process of recording voluntary speakers at the Sunday meeting and uploading the recordings to the CAFAA website. In September, CAFAA ordered an SSL certificate to ensure safe encryption for caffeine addicts visiting the CAFAA website. Later that month, Rena C. added a PayPal link to the website, and CAFAA accepted its first PayPal 7th Tradition contribution.
In 2018, Mike A., Rena C. and Susan W. (CA) launched the Tuesday morning telephone meeting.
Sue from Florida initiated and managed the development our current multi-functional website to more effectively carry the message to more caffeine addicts.
Now: As of July 2018, CAFAA has 3 well-attended telephone meetings every week, offers anniversary coins for monthly and yearly celebrations, and we hold a lively and productive monthly business meeting. CAFAA is poised to carry the message of caffeine addiction in bigger and better ways, making our fellowship stronger and more prepared for the task of ongoing caffeine recovery.