8 | Tradition 10
"Our individual dual recovery depends on D.R.A. unity. We carry the
message through our personal recovery and our service work."
|A core principle behind the Ninth
Tradition is that our Groups provide the environment that most of
us need to best nurture our dual recovery. Basically, this
Tradition builds upon the First Tradition. Without Unity, our
Groups and our message may not be there for the next person who
IN OUR OWN WORDS: Members
share their thoughts on the Ninth Tradition
I think that the fact that the
Steps and Traditions sort of keep us on track working as a group for the
good of everyone in DRA teaches us a lot about living and getting along
in the world. Before DRA all I remember is ego trips and arguments. Sure
there is tension sometimes when we are planning things, but we have
tools to use (the Steps and Traditions) so we get over it and move on.
is a WE program. We can do together what we could not do alone.
I took a
turn at being secretary for my Home Group once. It really helped me feel
like an equal partner in my Group. Before that, I didn't really feel
connected to the inner workings of how things got done. Now I'm the
Group Treasurer. Each Service Work Committee Position I take a turn at doing is like a
little piece of the mosaic that makes up DRA. Not only my Home Group,
but the Fellowship. It's like, when I chair a meeting, or share my story
with a newcomer, or am holding a service position, it all adds up to
making sure DRA is there for myself and other's when we need it.
I heard a guy tell my story at
my first ever DRA meeting. I was still in treatment and there was this
guy in the H&I meeting that had been through all the same things I
did including the multiple commitments, the jail time, and life on the
streets. But here he was--clean and sober and looking so calm and
together. That was the first time I ever felt really hopeful. I am so
grateful now that he and his Group took the time to bring their meeting
into the hospital. I've never seen that guy since, but he just might
have saved my life that day.
primary purpose is to help one another achieve dual recovery, to prevent
relapse, and to carry the message of recovery to others who experience
dual disorders. We can't do that if we are busy arguing over trivial
matters or competing with each other for the spotlight. We need to put
principles before personalities. That's why we hold Group Conscience
meetings as often as needed and review the Traditions at our Steps and
Traditions study meetings.
I tell my story in DRA
meetings pretty often. If I don't have any current burning hot issues to
share, I just tell my story. I have a short and a long version depending
upon how busy the meeting is. Some of the regulars may get a little
tired of hearing it but that's ok. There's often newer members who might
relate to my story, and telling my story over and over helps me to fully
accept my past, get over any shame, and keeps me focused on my own dual
recovery. The main thing though is that by telling my recovery story,
how it was -- what happened -- and what it's like now, I am telling the
story of DRA. I am carrying the message of recovery and believable hope.
I can't tell you exactly how or why the Steps and DRA works, but I can
tell you my story, how I manage my dual illnesses on a day to day basis.
That's a form of service work and really, it's how it works. One person
with a dual disorder talking to another.
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