Dual Recovery Anonymous ™

Dual Recovery Anonymous™ is an independent, nonprofessional, Twelve Step, self-help membership organization for people with a dual diagnosis. 

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Dual Recovery Anonymous

Welcome to Dual Recovery Anonymous!

Dual Recovery Anonymous™ is an independent, nonprofessional, Twelve Step, self-help membership organization for people with a dual diagnosis. Our goal is to help men and women who experience a dual illness. We are chemically dependent and we are also affected by an emotional or psychiatric illness. Both illnesses affect us in all areas of our lives; physically, psychologically, socially, and spiritually. Dual Recovery Anonymous™ is a Fellowship of men & women who meet to support each other in our common recovery from two No-Fault illnesses: an emotional or psychiatric illness and chemical dependency.

No-Fault Illness

Dual Recovery Anonymous is a 12 Step self-help program that is based on the principals of the Twelve Steps and the experiences of men and women in recovery with a dual diagnosis. The DRA program helps us recover from both our chemical dependency and our emotional or psychiatric illness by focusing on relapse prevention and actively improving the quality of our lives. In a community of mutual support, we learn to avoid the risks that lead back to alcohol and drug use as well as reducing the symptoms of our emotional or psychiatric illness. There are only two requirements for membership:
  • A desire to stop using alcohol or other intoxicating drugs.
  • A desire to manage our emotional or psychiatric illness in a healthy and constructive way.
DRA members are encouraged to build a strong personal support network. That network may include support from chemical dependency or mental health treatment facilities, medical or social service professionals, and spiritual or religious assistance in addition to other 12 step or self-help groups. DRA has no opinion on the way the other groups address dual disorders or dual recovery. We do not offer advice regarding specific forms of treatment for the various types of emotional or psychiatric illnesses. However, we do share our personal experiences regarding the ways that we have learned to cope with our symptoms by applying the 12 steps in our daily lives. DRA is a nonprofessional self-help program. There must always be a clear boundary separating the work of DRA from the work of chemical dependency and mental health professionals. The DRA Preamble and our Twelve Traditions are designed to help guide our Meetings, Groups, Intergroups, and Service Boards to operate in ways that best nurture the recovery of all members of our Fellowship. Our Traditions are a set of suggestions that help DRA as a whole keep on track to best fulfill our Primary Purpose and maintain our Founding Vision.

DRA’s Twelve Traditions

The Dual Recovery Anonymous approach to dual recovery is based on a simple set of ideas and steps. They are suggestions for recovery rather than a set of rules. They encourage us to find our  own personal recovery, the one that is most meaningful. They are meant to support those of us who wish to bring a spiritual dimension to our dual recovery. The DRA program is worked on a day-by-day basis. Here are the suggestions for dual recovery:
  • Today, I will be free of alcohol and other intoxicating drugs.
  • Today, I will follow a healthy plan to manage my emotional or psychiatric illness.
  • Today, I will practice the Twelve Steps to the best of my ability.

Spiritual Dimension

The primary purpose of DRA is to help one another achieve dual recovery, to prevent relapse, and to carry the message of recovery to others who experience dual disorders.

Dual Recovery Anonymous Tools & Resources

Questions & Answers

Questions & Answers

Some questions and answers about Dual Recovery Anonymous, dual diagnosis recovery, with some newly added FAQs.

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Meeting Format

Meeting Format

This section provides a script or cheatsheet for a meeting format for a Dual Recovery Anonymous meeting format.

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The DRA Preamble

The DRA Preamble

This section introduces the Dual Recovery Anonymous Preamble with a shortened version aimed at shorter meetings.

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Accepting Differences

Accepting Differences

This section shows Dual Recovery Anonymous members the ‘Accepting Differences’ reading.

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Getting Started in DRA

Getting Started in DRA

The DRA approach to dual recovery is based on a simple set of ideas and Steps. This page lists the DRA basics.

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The 12 Steps of DRA

The 12 Steps of DRA

An introduction to the Twelve Steps of Dual Recovery Anonymous with quotes from some of our members.

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The 12 Traditions of DRA

The 12 Traditions of DRA

An introduction to the Twelve Traditions of Dual Recovery Anonymous with quotes from some of our members.

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History of DRA

History of DRA

The history of how Dual Recovery Anonymous started and how it spread the message of dual recovery.

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The DRA Crest

The DRA Crest

An overview of the Dual Reocvery Anonymous Crest and what each element in it stands for in our organisation.

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DRA Literature

DRA Literature

See and get a copy of the Dual Recovery Anonymous literature using the links to online stores in this section of the website.

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DRA Meetings

DRA Meetings

A directory of all of the Dual Recovery Anonymous Meetings in the USA and around the globe.

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Membership Services

Membership Services

An overview of the membership services that Dual Recovery Anonymous provides its members.

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Medications and Recovery

Medications and Recovery

An overview of some of the problems that can crop up in traditional 12 Step Fellowships and DRA’s attitude towards taking medication(s) in recovery.

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Register a Meeting

Register a Meeting

Submit your Dual Recovery Anonymous meeting to our directory so that others can find it and so that we can signpost your meeting to other DRA members.

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Personal Stories

Personal Stories

Read the personal stories of some of Dual Recovery Anonymous’ members or use the form in this section to submit your own personal story of dual recovery.

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International News

International News

An overview of the latest news from Dual Recovery Anonymous
World Network and from our fellowship as a whole.

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Recommend this Site

Recommend this Site

Use the tools in this section to recommend DRA to a friend, a professional or a work colleague to help spread the message of dual recovery.

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DRA Downloads

DRA Downloads

We provide the various Dual Recovery Anonymous PDF documents that are available for download in this section of this website.

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The DRA Preamble Explained

The DRA Preamble Explained

An overview of some of the problems that can crop up in traditional 12 Step Fellowships and DRA’s attitude towards taking medication(s) in recovery.

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Accepting Differences (Short Version)

Accepting Differences (Short Version)

A shortened version of the DRA Accepting Differences reading for shorter DRA meetings.

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