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DRA Preamble Explained
Dual Recovery Anonymous™ is an independent, nonprofessional, Twelve Step, self-help membership organization for people with a dual diagnosis.
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A Statement of our Traditions and Founding Vision
Preamble: What It Says with short explanations in red.“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.
- DRA has only one single purpose – dual recovery members help one another in dual recovery. We need to prevent relapse from both illnesses. We carry the message of recovery to help others recover from dual disorders.
- 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 dues.
- DRA does not define how a person should manage their emotional or psychiatric illness because there are many appropriate approaches.
- 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 professional services.
- While DRA is a Twelve Step Anonymous fellowship, it is free of any direct or indirect relationship with other fellowships, or self-help organizations.
- 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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