7 | Tradition 9
"D.R.A. is a volunteer, self-help organization. To carry out our
service work, we may employ special workers, form committees and
|A core principle behind the
Eighth Tradition guides us to steer clear of the profit motive
where our Primary Purpose is concerned. Twelfth Step work is never
charged for but we may hire people and pay for needed services to
support the work of our Group Service Work Committees,
Intergroups, National Service Committees, and World Network
IN OUR OWN WORDS: Members
share their thoughts on the Eighth Tradition
that DRA happens because of the volunteer efforts of recovering people
just like me. I feel that this is MY thing...
separate from all the doctors, housing authorities, and treatment team
professionals I have to deal with. The whole thing here is empowering...
I guess some people could
actually work for DRA. Maybe at the World Network Office or a big
Intergroup. People with special skills maybe. I mean, I'm sure DRA has
to hire lawyers and bean-counters sometimes and people to do the things
that aren't Twelfth Step oriented but need to be done just the same.
have a yearly pot-luck picnic to celebrate the anniversary of our Group.
Each year we ask for volunteers to organize and publicize it. We call it
our picnic committee. Once we get four or five people who are willing,
they vote on a chairperson and figure out the best way to structure
their committee to get the various jobs done. At our monthly business
meetings their chairperson gives a report on their progress and we
discuss issues like funding and take the Group Conscience when needed
to make decisions on things like when, where, and how much. We have a
pretty big Group and we've found that forming smaller committees like
this for special projects is very effective and saves a lot of time and
We make up DRA meeting
schedules for the groups in our area. We pay a quick-print shop to print
and fold them
because ink-jet cartridges are just way too expensive and the ink runs
when it gets wet. We think this is the same as employing special workers
so we can do our service work.
think of DRA as a total program of freedom and choice. We volunteer to
come to meetings. We volunteer to participate and share. We voluntarily
decide to help ourselves and even reach out to help others. We volunteer
to help out with service work. We volunteer to be in dual recovery one
day at a time.
I remember the first time a
person came up to me after a meeting and told me how helpful what I had
shared during the meeting was to them. I was surprised because I was just
dumping some feelings and frustrations I was having about a fairly
personal issue. It was then that I realized that just by sharing
honestly I had somehow made another person feel less alone. By helping
myself I had touched another persons life in a positive way. There is a
lot more to this self-help business than first meets the eye. DRA
meetings are a process that somehow is bigger than all of the individual
elements that make up the group. It starts with self help maybe but that
soon grows into mutual support and love.
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