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 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.
1989 - Kansas City - DRA begins to form out of a vision for both dual recovery and a fellowship to carry the message. The goal was 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.
1993 - 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
1998 - DRA Website goes online at http://draonline.org
2001 - The Central Service Office is named; DRA World Network Central Office.
Groups begin to form internationally.
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.