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Carrying the message of recovery to others who still suffer is a basic ingredient that accounts for much of the success of both the 12 Step movement, and our individual recovery. The founders of the original 12 Step group, Alcoholics Anonymous, discovered that nothing would so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with another alcoholic. In Dual Recovery Anonymous we find that sharing our experience in dual recovery offers believable hope to those who may be in need. Sharing also reaffirms our commitment to dual recovery on an ongoing basis. By helping others, we find we are helping ourselves.

Service work and helping other recovering people covers a broad range of activities. We may start by simply sharing our story--our experience, strength and hope--at meetings. We may take turns pouring coffee at meetings that have coffee. We can help setup or clean up before and after meetings. We can chair meetings or take a turn as group officers such as secretary or treasurer. We can welcome newcomers at meetings and offer others our phone numbers for support. These are only a few suggestions. All of these activities are completely voluntary but many recovering people find them an important part of their own dual recovery.

Many members view service work and carrying the message of recovery as an expression of gratitude. They understand that others are suffering the same despair and chaos from dual disorders that they once experienced. They enjoy helping others, just as they were once helped. They may eventually become sponsors and pass along the things they have learned and experienced in dual recovery.

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A few common tools that sustain recovery and help in times of crisis are:
Journaling our progress in recovery
Meetings, attending DRA and other 12 Step support meetings
The telephone, reaching out
Prayer and meditation  seeking guidance

Reading recovery books and literature

A plan of action, a written list of things to do when sudden cravings strike or symptoms increase
  Additional forms and lists that can help us to build a personal relapse prevention plan
Relaxation techniques
Service work, helping others
The Steps, the basis of our recovery
Talking to sponsors, caring advisors, and recovering friends
Recovery slogans
First Things First  
This Too Shall Pass  
One Day At A Time  
Easy Does It  
H.A.L.T.  
Keep It Simple  
Live And Let Live  
The Serenity Prayer
Today I will do one thing
More Slogans 
 

   

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