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We hope that the following sequence will help you get the most out of Clutterers Anonymous℠ (CLA℠).

    1. Read the pages on our website under the “About” menu and check “Fellowship Announcements” for upcoming events.
    2. Read our literature, in particular our 28-page Is CLA for You? A Newcomer’s Guide to Recovery booklet. (See below for free literature)
    3. Attend our meetings. Our FAQs tell you what to expect. Try to listen with an open mind, ask questions during the newcomer part of the meeting (if there is one) or outside the meeting, get and use recovering members’ phone numbers.
      • We offer about 70 face-to-face meetings in six countries. (Note: Due to covid19 many of these meetings meet virtually or are on hiatus.)
      • We also offer at least one phone meeting per day. Any phone meetings that mention CLA literature are great starting points.
    4. Work the 12 Steps and apply the 12 Traditions, either with a CLA sponsor (1) or at meetings.
    5. Pray to a Higher Power, a power greater than yourself. We each choose how to define Higher Power. You can be an agnostic or atheist and still benefit from CLA.
    6. Motivate yourself with recovery affirmations.
    7. Work with phone activity sessions and/or buddies (2) for help with commitments, focused action, and/or release victories.
    8. Familiarize yourself with our valuable “Tools of Recovery.”
    9. Read our CLArity (or eCLArity) newsletter.
    10. Serve CLA by volunteering.


1 Sponsor: The CLA sponsor guides the sponsee/member through the program and the 12 Steps and is not necessarily a friend, but someone in whom we can confide.

2 Buddies: Buddies are CLA members and helpmates in recovery. We may call buddies with our daily plan, or ask for help with a project.


Newcomers 101 Meeting
Thursday 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET
U.S. Dial-in Phone Number: (540) 792-0194
Access Code: 102163#
For international numbers
Discuss the booklet: “Is CLA for you? A Newcomer’s Guide to Recovery” available in the CLA store.

Free CLA Recovery Literature: Electronic Version

Download for personal use – may not be altered or sold.

CLA Free Literature - Click brochure to download a B&W printable PDF

Welcome Leaflet A Brief Guide Leaflet Introducing CLA to Professionals
CLA Free Meeting Starter Kit - Click image to go to details and download kit

CLA Meeting Starter Kit


To buy one or more downloadable or printed leaflets, our Newcomer’s Guide booklet, Sponsorship booklet, and CDs, go to our CLA Store.