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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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