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You don’t need to be an "expert" or have years of perfect
recovery to start and help maintain a DRA Group and its meetings.
If you are interested in starting a DRA Group and holding DRA meetings,
download or send for the meeting start-up packet (accessible from our main
index page). In it is a great deal of the basic information and documents
required to run a DRA meeting.
If there are other DRA meetings in your area you may want to ask their secretary or chairperson who
started their meeting. See if you can schedule a time to speak with them
about your plans. They will usually be glad to offer suggestions and tell
you the steps they took to get their meeting off the ground.
Groups grow and evolve and we know of many DRA Groups that were started
by people who had never before started or ran a 12 Step meeting of any
kind. It is helpful to have a basic understanding of the Steps and
Traditions. The 12 Traditions are the basic guiding principles for our
Groups, meetings, and service work committees. Any two people who are interested in personal dual recovery may
get together and hold a DRA meeting. Once they decide to invite others to
join them and continue to hold meetings they can decide to become a DRA
Group. DRA Groups hold DRA meetings. Meetings are a function of the Group.
A DRA Group may have more than one meeting a week. Some Groups hold
several throughout the week and some have just one a week.
If you have never before attended a 12 Step type meeting it would
probably be very helpful to locate and attend a local 12 Step Anonymous
meeting of some sort a few times to get the feel of how they are run. You
may also find it interesting to read our description of what a DRA meeting
is like from our document called, "Your
First DRA Meeting"
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