Index | Tradition 2
"The primary purpose of D.R.A. is to carry the message
of recovery to men and women who experience a dual disorder."
|A core principle behind the First
Tradition is that it's better do one thing very well than many
things badly. So sharing our Experience, Strength, and Hope, and the
message of DRA is what we do. We keep it simple and keep our
Meetings, Groups, and Service Work, focused steadfastly on DRA's
IN OUR OWN WORDS: Members
share their thoughts on the First Tradition
Preamble states, "The primary purpose of DRA is to help one another
achieve dual recovery, to prevent relapse, and to carry the message of
recovery to others who experience dual disorders. When we have our Group's
business meetings each month this is one of the first things we discuss.
How well are we carrying the message? How well are we fulfilling our
I'm a Group Treasurer and when
our Group wants to allocate funds for special projects I always interject
and ask them if this is a really good way to carry the message of DRA. For
instance, we have a potluck picnic every fall. We need to pay day rent for
the softball diamond and covered area at the park, insurance, and some to
promote it. We always have one or two Open meetings that day and
distribute plenty of literature. Since many family members and friends
show up and we invite the current clients of a local treatment center, we
all feel like we are not only creating unity for our local Groups but
really carrying the DRA message out into new places.
DRA is all
about dual recovery. We help each other to stay in recovery and live free
of our addictions while managing our symptoms in a healthy way. That's all
we do really. As a Group or as a DRA member, we don't crusade for any
causes and we steer way clear of all politics and controversy.
We don't promote any causes or endorse any organizations.
All we do is help each other recover using the tools of DRA. That
singleness of purpose is really important to me. That's one of the main
reasons I feel so safe at my meetings.
The World is
a complicated place filled with complicated problems and complicated
people. In my recovery I've found the slogans, "keep it simple"
and "First things first" a couple of the most important tools
I've got to keep me focused on my dual recovery. If I don't put my
recovery first in all areas of my life, I increase my chances of getting
stoned or forgetting to take my meds for awhile and having another
devastating manic episode. It's the same way with a DRA Group. We are all
recovering people affected by dual disorders who are trying to support
each other's recovery processes. If we keep it simple and stay focused on
carrying the DRA message we are all very likely to do pretty good. We
can't afford to let down our guard and get involved with a whole bunch of
other issues. I know how easy it is to let myself get sidetracked and lose
sight of my real priorities... staying clean and continuing to manage my
bi-polar in a healthy way every day.
The DRA Preamble expands on this
Tradition. It says that "The primary purpose of DRA is to help one
another achieve dual recovery, to prevent relapse, and to carry the message
of recovery to others who experience dual disorders." I think that
carrying the message involves just about everything that happens in a DRA
Group meeting. The sharing and caring, the mutual support, and the warm
welcoming atmosphere that feels safe to newcomers, reading Getting Started
and at the start of every meeting... Every nuance is
an element of our Group actively carrying the message. We also do things
like sending our Group meeting schedule and a Welcome to DRA pamphlet to
local treatment and mental health centers at least once a year and occasionally
hold special Open Speakers meetings and pot lucks so people can learn
about DRA and dual recovery.
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