10 | Tradition 12
"In D.R.A. we share an equal partnership in dual recovery. Our
traditions and service work help us maintain the integrity of our
program, to provide for others and to enhance the unity of D.R.A. as a
|A core principle behind the
Eleventh Tradition is Unity and Fellowship. There are no leaders
or bosses in DRA. Members who do service work are serving the
Fellowship and expanding their own dual recovery. When members are
ready, they appreciate how important the Unity of DRA as a whole
is and usually offer to pitch in and help in some way. This
"Service Work" is the basis that keeps our Fellowship
growing and fulfilling our Primary Purpose.
IN OUR OWN WORDS: Members
share their thoughts on the Eleventh Tradition
I think this Tradition sort of
sums up the first ten. I mean, there is a certain amount of
responsibility required to keep DRA going. I'm really grateful that DRA
was here for me when I needed it and I want it to be around for the next
person. That's only possible with a sense of Fellowship and Unity. I
come here to meetings and I feel accepted and loved and even needed. To
keep that safe feeling I take turns filling service positions and
helping out where I can. This doesn't take anything from me--it adds to
me and my recovery and helps make sure newcomers are always welcome.
like being an equal partner. The newcomer, the old-timer, we're all just
one drink, hit, or pill away from a relapse. Sort of keeps us all pretty
humble. It takes a certain amount of recovery to fill most Group Service
Positions, but beyond that, I like to see the newer people filling the
service positions. Gives everyone a chance to learn and grow and heal.
That's why our DRA Group tries to rotate these positions every six
comes in many flavors. It took me a long time before I felt comfortable
sharing much at meetings. I would though stay after the meetings and
help put the chairs away and empty ashtrays and stuff. Later on I
started going around with the coffee pot quietly offering to fill
people's cups. This helped reduce the traffic when people were sharing
and I felt good about helping. Before I knew it I was asked if I would
get there early 15 minutes early and open the doors for a week while the
usual person was on vacation. After a few months I got more use to
sharing at meetings and chaired my first meeting. I was a little nervous
but soon got use to it. Now I take a turn chairing whenever I get asked.
It's all Service Work and keeps my meeting going.
It says that our traditions
and service work help 'us' maintain the integrity of 'our'
program. I helped set up our meeting and the Twelve Traditions of DRA
were key in guiding us. We weighed every initial decision against the
advice given in the Traditions to insure that our meeting had a firm
foundation that would best support everyone's personal dual recovery. We
found that whenever we had a question or a decision to make, it was most
productive if we went through all the Traditions one by one, slowly, to
see how it fit within DRA's 12 Traditions as a whole.
We would ask if and how it
affected our ability to carry the message of DRA? Did it effect who
could attend the meeting? Would what we were considering place any
limits on DRA being a program of personal freedom and choice? Was it
compatible with the principles of DRA's 12 Steps? Were we being
sensitive to the well-being and unity of other DRA Groups and the
Fellowship at large? Was it an outside issue or would it cause us arguments
or resentments about finances? Did it honor DRA's copyrights and
trademarks or give the impression of any affiliations? Would it create
or draw our Group into any public controversy such as political debate
or issues of religion? Were we being as "self-supporting" as
we possibly could be? Were we maintaining our autonomy and separate
identity from the day treatment center where we hold our meetings? Would
it violate anyone's right to anonymity?
What really happened was that
a few relative new-comers were drawing on the wisdom of those who went
before and we made mostly good decisions in the process of establishing
our meeting. We didn't need to re-invent the wheel. By continuing to
work with the Traditions our Group is able to grow and change and learn
from any mistakes we might have made.
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