1989 - Kansas City - DRA begins to form out of a
vision for both dual recovery and a fellowship to carry the message. The
first DRA meeting is held in a church setting, the second meeting in a
mental health facility. The goal is to develop a self-help program for
dual recovery based on:
- Principles of the Twelve Steps.*
- Personal experience of dual recovery.
- Principles of personal freedom and choice.
1991 - DRA begins to develop a 4-point program:
- Vision & Hope
- 12-Steps for Dual Recovery
- Meetings & Fellowship
- Unity & Service.
1992 - Plans begin for developing educational
1993 - DRA is presented in educational materials by
the Hazelden Foundation.
Disorders Recovery Book**
- Dual Recovery Anonymous: A Blueprint (page 221 - 231)
- Dual Recovery Anonymous; Meeting Format (page 232 - 238)
DRA Central Service Office was established, and
began receiving calls and letters from people in the U.S. and abroad,
requesting DRA literature and meeting information.
1994 - Publication of the 12
Steps and Dual Disorders (Book) published**
First DRA Intergroup formed in Vancouver, WA
- Publication of the 12
Steps and Dual Disorders (Workbook) published **
1996 - 12 Steps and Dual Disorders (Video)
- Vision, the DRA Newsletter of Believable Hope begins quarterly editions. Subscriptions $10 per year.
P.O. Box 8107, Prairie Village, Kansas, 66208
Toll Free 1-877-883-2332
We encourage members to share their stories of dual
recovery, practicing the Steps on both chemical dependency and emotional
or psychiatric illness, and sponsorship. We encourage groups to share
how they began and navigated beyond the rough spots, what types of
meetings they have (Steps, Topics, speaker, Open or Closed) how they got
the work out to the community. Members are also encouraged to share
poems, letters, and art work, etc.
Service Office temporarily relocates to Tennessee.
1998 - DRA Website goes online. Today it is a
valuable source of information called "DRA Online Resource
Center" at http://draonline.org
Over 100,000 people visited the website in 2002. The visitors
included people from the United States and 40 other countries.
1999 - Dual Recovery Anonymous celebrates 10 years.
Medallions, Steps and Traditions banners, and other gift ideas are
2000 - Plans begin
for a unified Group Service Network.
2001 - The Central Service Office is named; DRA
World Network Central Office.
Groups begin to form internationally.
The service network becomes a reality; "The
DRA Network for Unity & Service" to help groups work
together at each level: community, state, regional, national, and
2002 - DRA incorporates World Network under the
name "Dual Recovery Anonymous World Network Inc." (DRAWS).
DRAWS is formed to protect the Founding Principles of Dual Recovery
Anonymous to insure that DRA remains useful to those it serves well into
the future. DRAWS is also the guiding service board for the DRA
Fellowship as a whole.
The DRA Bookstore Online becomes a reality. DRA
Books, Recovery Coins, Medallions, Gifts, and Literature available
through the DRA Online Resource Center. Proceeds go to help carry the
message of DRA.
* Adapted from
the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous
Foundation, Center City, Minnesota