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Our Purpose
The primary purpose of the Hospitals & Institutions subcommittee is to carry the Crystal Meth Anonymous message of recovery to individuals who are confined, restricted or otherwise unable to attend a 12-Step CMA meeting.

Many times, an H&I meeting is the first introduction to Crystal Meth Anonymous that many inmates, clients or patients receive. Therefore, it is important that our message of recovery through the 12-steps be informative, clear, concise, positive and solution oriented.

What is an H&I Meeting?

An H&I meeting is a 12-step recovery meeting that takes place inside jails, treatment centers, hospitals, recovery homes, sober living environments or any other institution or facility where access to CMA meetings is limited or restricted. We us conference approved literature and provide this literature to those attending our meetings.

What Happens at an H&I Meeting?

There are many formats that can be used at an H&I meeting such as: Topic & Discussion, God Stick Sharing, and Question & Answer, just to name a few. Generally there is a panel with a minimum of two crystal meth addicts sharing their personal experience with recovery and staying sober through the 12-steps. In many ways, H&I meetings resemble regular CMA meetings including the celebration of milestones in sobriety.

Why Should I Volunteer?

Many crystal meth addicts have encountered an enhanced quality of recovery through their participation in H&I sharing. Many describe it as being an incredible experience knowing that they have made a difference. Our identity as recovering crystal meth addicts provides us with a unique perspective to carry the message of recovery to other crystal meth addicts. Other benefits of H&I service include:

  1. Helping us to maintain our recovery

  2. Helping another to find recovery

  3. Rewarding us

  4. Challenging and improving us

  5. Helping us to stay connected

  6. Providing hope for the newcomer

  7. Flexibility of one or two meetings per month

  8. Benefiting other addicts from our valuable experience

How do I Become a Member

It is easy to become a member of the San Diego H&I subcommittee. Simply attend the next scheduled business meeting and complete an information form. By doing this, you will be placed on the volunteer list. There are sobriety requirements to serve on certain panels. Also there are clearance requirements for certain facilities such as jail or juvenile hall. Not every facility has strict requirements. Details will be explained at the business meeting. If you have a desire to serve, we can find a place for you.

How am I Trained?

First, we want to assure you that you will not be expected to facilitate an H&I meeting alone or without any guidance or assistance. When you attend the business meeting, we will arrange for an orientation and you will be paired with an experienced H&I panel leader. In this way, you will be able to learn and get comfortable with H&I service. After a period of time, you will then be able to carry out the responsibilities of a panel member. Panel members are never expected to work alone. H&I panels will always consist of a minimum of two members, often there will be more than two members present. Panels are supplied with all of the necessary tools and information to carry the CMA message of recovery.

We are Guests . . . .

Always remember that we are guests of any facility where our meetings are held. As such, we must be respectful, act responsibly, and comply with all regulations. Additional training and orientation will be provided for certain facilities with stricter requirements.

Business Meetings

Our business meetings are open to all who are interested in learning more about volunteering. The H&I subcommittee meets the 2nd Saturday of the month at 5 p.m. at 3900 Cleveland St., upstairs in room 205, San Diego, CA 92103. You can contact us.

Speaker Guidelines

Facility and Audience Do’s and Don’ts

  • Do adhere to the rules of the facility

  • Do know the facility and be mindful of the type of audience to help guide your lead

  • Do be careful when giving your phone number and email especially in jails

  • Don’t debate/discuss issues of the facility with the residents

  • Don’t discuss outside issues

  • Don’t break another person’s anonymity

  • Don’t show favoritism

  • Don’t take messages/letters in or out of a facility for residents

  • Don’t ask the crime an inmate has committed

  • Don’t accept money/gifts from the residents/inmates

  • Don’t bring glass containers or weapons into facilities

  • Don’t bring drugs or paraphernalia into facilities

Clothing Do’s and Don’ts

  • Do dress appropriately and present yourself professionally

  • Do know the dress code of the institution

  • Do wear clean cloths

  • Don’t wear flashy jewelry or bring excessive cash

  • Don’t wear cloths that are ragged or torn

  • Don’t wear t-shirts with logos related to gambling, drugs, alcohol, drinking, sexual situations, weapons or violence

  • Don’t wear revealing clothing—no short skirts/shorts, undergarments showing, tight clothing, skimpy tops, see-through clothing or sleeveless shirts

Discussion Do’s

  • Do share in a general way

  • Do speak from your own experience

  • Do use humor and be positive/upbeat

  • Do respect the opinions of others

  • Do be sincere and honest

  • Do use “I” statements

  • Do make eye contact

Discussion Don’ts

  • Don’t use profanity

  • Don’t describe war stories of drinking and using in graphic detail

  • Don’t romance or glorify drugging or drinking

  • Don’t primarily focus on the using/drinking days—drug-a-logs or sex-a-logs

  • Don’t be preachy; refrain from dogmatic statements

  • Don’t describe explicit sexual acts

  • Don’t describe using or drinking paraphernalia or graphic methods of use

  • Don’t eat food or chew gum

  • Don’t self-promote and don’t make endorsements

Topic Do’s

  • Do share a clear Crystal Meth Anonymous message of recovery and focus on the solution

  • Do discuss what is Crystal Meth Anonymous

  • Do discuss the importance of fellowship and attending meetings

  • Do discuss tools of recovery

  • Do discuss 12-step work and sponsorship

  • Do discuss Steps 1, 2 and 3—especially in short-term, 28-day programs, in jails and in institutions

  • Do discuss the spiritual principles of the program such as honesty, open-mindedness and willingness

  • Do discuss the importance of service work—carrying the message, commitments, sponsorship

  • Do refer to 12-step literature—CMA pamphlets, the big book, “Crystal Clear” and the 12 & 12

  • Do share how you have repaired the damage caused by your addiction

Other Information

  • Don’t be concerned if the audience doesn’t seem engaged or if they don’t quite understand. They are where they are.
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Meetings of H & I

in San Diego County


H & I at Salvation Army
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Closed to residents
(Downtown men's facility)



H & I at South Bay Detention Facility
7 to 8 p.m.
(Chula Vista)
San Diego County Men's Jail
Closed to inmates only


H & I at Stepping Stone
8:15 to 9:15 p.m.
Stepping Stone of San Diego
(City Heights)
3767 Central Avenue at Wightman, 92105
Meeting held in "Grand Central"
Open to non-residents
Please arrive no earlier than 8 p.m.


H & I at VVSD
7 to 8 p.m.
Veterans Village of San Diego
4141 Pacific Highway, 92110
Visitors will need to obtain a visitor's badge from the front desk.
Open to non-residents
Enter the facility from Couts Street and Pacific Highway.


Your contribution is tax deductible.