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DRA Groups hold their meetings in just about any imaginable convenient location. Quite often they find rooms in churches or treatment facilities where they pay a token per use rental feel such as a percentage of their Seventh Tradition donations. This can enhance group autonomy and may help Groups feel more self-supporting. Before they agree to hold their meetings in a particular building or facility, they make it clear to the owner, administrator, or landlord, that they must maintain clear boundaries between their DRA Group's meetings and the establishment or treatment center. Thus, they do not name their meetings after churches, treatment facilities, mental health centers, or any other outside organization.

It is wise to tell the owner or administrator of the location ahead of time the purpose and nature of your meetings. This will help avoid any possible future misunderstanding that might cause disruption to your meeting.

LOCATION: Consider a location that is well known to the recovery community if possible. Try to identify a location that is near major streets, freeways, and bus routes. Take into consideration if there is ample parking space and if the parking area and the entrance to the building have safe lighting during evening hours. In addition, consider if the meeting room that the meeting is to be held in is near the main entrance to the building.

Where to Start

The easiest places to try might be with a service provider or organization that you are already familiar with. These might include:

  • Substance Abuse/Chemical Dependency Treatment Center
  • Community Mental Health Center or Drop In Center
  • Hospital Outpatient Service Center or Day Treatment.
  • Veterans Center
  • Your Church.

Contacting a counselor, case manager, or a church elder that you already know may be the easiest way to proceed. Having the Meeting Start-up Informational Packet or at least the "Welcome to DRA" handout to leave with them can be beneficial.

12 Step Clubs

In many cities, AA members have formed Service Clubs. These are places that will often have meeting space available and may also offer other services such as a coffee shop; pool tables, community space, social events, and they may sell recovery literature. In many cases (but not all) they will allow various non AA 12 Step organizations to utilize their meeting rooms for a modest per use fee.

You can locate these clubhouses by contacting your local AA or NA Intergroup or local contact phone numbers. Look in the phone book under Alcoholism, Drug Treatment, Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous, Recovery Club or Alano Club.

Churches and other public spaces

Obtain published meeting schedules from AA NA, OA and any other 12 Step organization and notice where those meetings are held in your area. Quite often you will notice the same addresses coming up over and over again. In many communities certain churches, schools, or public facilities have developed a long history of allowing the various 12 Step organizations to utilize their unused rooms for meetings. They have realized the benefit to the community that such 12 Step Recovery meetings have. Many times, churches will rent space for 12 Step meetings at token rates; they understand many Groups have few financial resources.

Our Online Institutional Educational Session/Mock Meeting Database

The DRA Online Resource Center at maintains a listing of various institutions and service providers who choose to list their facility with us that hold some sort of DRA Educational Sessions or Mock Meetings. In some cases these organizations may be open to the idea of starting an actual DRA 12 Step meeting on their premises. They may have clients or alumni who are interested in helping to start a local DRA Group in the community. They may be aware of new local DRA meetings that are as yet unregistered with the DRA World Network Central Office.

Places to hold a DRA Meeting

A DRA Group may hold their meeting just about anywhere that is acceptable to its members. The Following list is not complete but may offer some additional ideas:

  • Substance Abuse/Chemical Dependency Treatment Center
  • Community Mental Health Center
  • Day or Drop In Center
  • Integrated Services or Treatment Center for people with a dual diagnosis
  • Hospital Outpatient Service Center or Day Treatment.
  • Churches, Synagogues, Faith based buildings and counseling services
  • Veterans Hospitals, Medical Centers, Outreach and Counseling Services, Domiciliary
  • Mental Health Advocacy Organizations
  • 12 Step and AA Service Clubs (Alano, U.R.S., or 12 x 12 Clubs)
  • Community and Senior Centers (often run by the city or parks department)
  • University and Community Collage Campuses (Make sure meeting room is open to the public year round and between terms)
  • Social Service Agencies and Community Centers
  • Advocacy Agencies and Alliances for Consumers of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
  • Transitional Housing Facility, Halfway House
  • Community Rooms of Apartment Complexes
  • Municipal buildings, clubs, and lodges
  • Conference rooms in local utilities and businesses
  • Public libraries, YMCA/YWCA, health clubs
  • Town hall or conference rooms in city government buildings

We know of DRA meetings that are held in private homes. Please take into account that you will be opening your home to ‘anyone’ who calls himself or herself a DRA member. This can cause issues with your anonymity, privacy, and may even affect your homeowner’s insurance rates. Please weigh all the possible implications before deciding to hold public DRA meetings in your private home or apartment. If a private home is all you have to start out with, it is a good idea to be on the lookout for a neutral public place as soon as possible. That way you don’t have to worry about a member accidentally breaking a priceless family heirloom or spilling coffee on your furniture and neither do the members who come to the meetings.

Remember that DRA Groups are autonomous. The meeting you start should be able to continue on even if you lose interest or your living situation changed abruptly. Perhaps this is the single best argument for holding meetings in neutral public facilities.


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Finding a suitable location for your new meeting
Letting people know of your meeting 
How a new DRA can grow and begin to be organized 
How a Group makes Decisions
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