About DRA

The History of Dual Recovery Anonymous

We encourage members to share their stories of dual recovery, practicing the Steps on both chemical dependency and emotional or psychiatric illness, and sponsorship. We encourage groups to share how they began and navigated beyond the rough spots, what types of meetings they have (Steps, Topics, speaker, Open or Closed) how they got the work out to the community. Members are also encouraged to share poems, letters, and art work, etc.

DRA Central Service Office temporarily relocates to Tennessee.

1998 – DRA Website goes online. Today it is a valuable source of information called “DRA Online Resource Center” at http://draonline.org
Over 100,000 people visited the website in 2002. The visitors included people from the United States and 40 other countries.

1999 – Dual Recovery Anonymous celebrates 10 years. Medallions, Steps and Traditions banners, and other gift ideas are available.

2000 – Plans begin for a unified Group Service Network.

2001 – The Central Service Office is named DRA World Network Central Office.

Groups begin to form internationally.

The service network becomes a reality “The DRA Network for Unity and Service” to help groups work together at each level: community, state, regional, national, and international.

2002 – DRA incorporates World Network under the name “Dual Recovery Anonymous World Network Inc.” (DRAWS). DRAWS is formed to protect the Founding Principles of Dual Recovery Anonymous to insure that DRA remains useful to those it serves well into the future. DRAWS is also the guiding service board for the DRA Fellowship as a whole.

The DRA Bookstore Online becomes a reality. DRA Books, Recovery Coins, Medallions, Gifts, and Literature available through the DRA Online Resource Center. Proceeds go to help carry the message of DRA.

* Adapted from the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

** Hazelden Foundation, Center City, Minnesota

1989 – Kansas City – DRA begins to form out of a vision for both dual recovery and a fellowship to carry the message. The first DRA meeting is held in a church setting, the second meeting in a mental health facility. The goal is to develop a self-help program for dual recovery based on:

Principles of the Twelve Steps.*
Personal experience of dual recovery.
Principles of personal freedom and choice.

1991 – DRA begins to develop a 4-point program:

Vision and Hope
12-Steps for Dual Recovery
Meetings and Fellowship
Unity and Service.

1992 – Plans begin for developing educational materials.

1993 – DRA is presented in educational materials by the Hazelden Foundation.

Dual Disorders Recovery Book**

Dual Recovery Anonymous: A Blueprint (page 221 – 231)
Dual Recovery Anonymous; Meeting Format (page 232 – 238)
DRA Central Service Office was established, and began receiving calls and letters from people in the U.S. and abroad, requesting DRA literature and meeting information.

1994 – Publication of the 12 Steps and Dual Disorders (Book) published**

First DRA Intergroup formed in Vancouver, WA

1995 – Publication of the 12 Steps and Dual Disorders (Workbook) published **

1996 – 12 Steps and Dual Disorders (Video) released **

1997 – Vision, the DRA Newsletter of Believable Hope begins quarterly editions. Subscriptions $10 per year.

We Provide A Safe Environment Where Our Members Can Discuss The Problems They Face In Their Recovery

Our meetings are designed to provide a safe environment where its members can talk about the problems they face in recovering from their two, no-fault, illnesses and and get support from each other with developing a firm and effective support network that incorporates other members, CPN’s, Doctors, Psychiatrists, Mental Health Services, Counsellors and family.

We recommend that our members take advantage and use existing 12-step fellowships such as AA / CA / NA as a way of developing an effecective support network


We Help Members Create Support Networks To Aid Their Recoveries

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We Practice Honesty

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We Have Fun

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The Tools In Dual Recovery

Meetings

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    DRA meetings are a great place to get in touch with other people who are chemically dependent and who have been diagnosed with a whole range of emotional and psychiatric disorders.

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    Members are encouraged to talk about the challenges that they face in their day-to-day recoveries at meetings and get the telephone numbers and stay in touch with each other outside of meetings, especially if they discover other members who they identify with

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Weekly Check-Ins

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Ongoing Discovery

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