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Our Eleventh Step states: "Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with our Higher Power, praying only for knowledge of our Higher Power's will for us and the power to carry that out."

Dual recovery gives us the freedom to define our higher power and to pray and meditate in any way that is helpful and meaningful to us. Many use traditional religious concepts and many don't. For instance, one person might define their higher power as their DRA group. They may define prayer and meditation as reaching out to group members to get or give support, thus increasing their conscious contact. Another member may have a more religious view and find traditional prayer and meditation as the most helpful means to them of improving their conscious contact with their Higher Power. Another may consider spending time out in the woods in quiet reflection, communing with nature, as their form of prayer and meditation. In all cases we find a direct way to stay in contact with and listen to our source of help.

We are actively seeking ways to keep our lives in balance. By staying in touch with our source of help (helping or higher power) and following the guidance we are given, we make wise choices for our dual recovery and increase our serenity. We find the practice of regular prayer and meditation helps us become more attuned with our inner self, our program of dual recovery, the people in our lives, and the resources we have available.

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Preventing Relapse Main Page
A few common tools that sustain recovery and help in times of crisis are:
Journaling our progress in recovery
Meetings, attending DRA and other 12 Step support meetings
The telephone, reaching out
Prayer and meditation  seeking guidance

Reading recovery books and literature

A plan of action, a written list of things to do when sudden cravings strike or symptoms increase
  Additional forms and lists that can help us to build a personal relapse prevention plan
Relaxation techniques
Service work, helping others
The Steps, the basis of our recovery
Talking to sponsors, caring advisors, and recovering friends
Recovery slogans
First Things First  
This Too Shall Pass  
One Day At A Time  
Easy Does It  
Keep It Simple  
Live And Let Live  
The Serenity Prayer
Today I will do one thing
More Slogans 


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