Index | Tradition 1
Statement of our Traditions and Founding Vision
Preamble: What It Says with short explanations in blue.
"DRA is an independent, non profit, self-help organization. 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."
DRA is a program established by people in dual recovery for
people who experience a specific dual disorder of both chemical dependency
and emotional or psychiatric illness.
Each illness has an impact on many
areas of a person's life.
DRA is independent, therefore there are no
outside organizations or institutions that direct or impose themselves on
the Fellowship and its principles.
"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."
"DRA has two requirements for membership; A desire to stop
using alcohol and other intoxicating drugs and a desire to manage our
emotional or psychiatric illness in a healthy and constructive way."
DRA is a membership organization with two simple
requirements, a desire to manage both illnesses.
DRA membership does not
require a diagnosis or referral from a provider, there are no fees or
DRA does not define how a person should manage their emotional or
psychiatric illness because there are many appropriate approaches.
"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 Fellowship has no
opinion on matters of diagnosis, treatment, medications or other issues
related to the healthcare professions."
DRA maintains its focus on its primary purpose, providing a
Twelve Step program for dual recovery and carrying the message through the
service work of the fellowship.
DRA maintains the focus on the primary
purpose by remaining outside of the arena of engaging in advocacy and
public education or providing professional services.
By maintaining the
primary purpose, DRA avoids being drawn into controversial issues
associated with the political or financial matters related to providing
"The DRA fellowship is not affiliated with any other self-help
organization or Twelve Step program. DRA has no opinion on the way other
groups address the problems of dual disorders and dual recovery. We do not
criticize the efforts of others."
While DRA is a Twelve Step Anonymous fellowship, it is free
of any direct or indirect relationship with other fellowships, or
DRA recognizes there are other fellowships that
address dual disorders, addictions or emotional or psychiatric illness and
that people who want support for their recovery can benefit from a
diversity of approaches.
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