4 | Tradition 6
"Each group is independent, to better meet the recovery needs of
our members. We are sensitive to the well being and unity of other
groups and to D.R.A. as a whole."
|A core principle behind the Fifth
Tradition is that each DRA Group is an independent entity and
manages its own affairs so that it best fulfills its Primary
Purpose. By utilizing the wisdom found in the Twelve Steps and
Twelve Traditions, Groups remain sensitive to the well-being of
other Groups and DRA as a whole.
IN OUR OWN WORDS: Members
share their thoughts on the Fifth Tradition
takes a Group Conscience for just about everything. We're small and have
very little funding. Sometimes we need to do things a little different
than the bigger Groups. I'm glad we are allowed that flexibility.
My Home Group is more than a
collection of individuals. It is a spiritual entity with its own unique
characteristics. At the same time, it's a regular 12 Step DRA meeting
which makes it part of the great whole that makes up the DRA Fellowship.
When we formed our Group, a
lot of us wanted to call ourselves The Double Trouble Group. Then we
found out that another dual recovery 12 Step organization had the words
Double Trouble in its name. While we are sure it is a fine program, we
didn't want to confuse our Dual Recovery Anonymous Group with any other
Fellowship or organization or show a possible outside affiliation. After
we thought about it, we decided that using a name that was so closely
associated with another established recovery organization might cause
confusion for people trying to find meetings of either particular
fellowship. We also discussed the possibility that it might sort
of water down the image of DRA as a whole even though the term
"Double Trouble" would be used in a generic manner. We came to
a Group consensus when one member said she wished our Group name would
reflect the DRA attitude of believable hope in some way... something
inviting and friendly. Something based in the solution.
Group asks our Group Service Representative (GSR) to stay in contact
with DRA World Network Central Office at least 4 times a year. When our GSR writes the World Network Office, she often
does it in a way that the letters could also be published in DRA's
Vision newsletter if they wanted to. They really are articles about our
Group and how we have grown, what events we have put on, and how we have
solved problems. We feel that these are good ways for us to be sensitive
to other DRA Groups and to the Fellowship as a whole.
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