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DUAL RECOVERY ANONYMOUS is a Twelve Step self-help program for individuals who experience both chemical dependency and an emotional or psychiatric illness. Men and women who currently use psychiatric medications under a doctor’s care, or who have done so in the past, are welcome to participate.


Welcome to the ______________ meeting of Dual Recovery Anonymous. This meeting is open to DRA members, their family and friends, and to other individuals who wish to learn more about Dual Recovery Anonymous. My name is _______, and I am in dual recovery. Will you join me for a moment of silence, followed by the Serenity Prayer?

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.

Would anyone like to read the Preamble? (Someone Reads) Thank you.


Are there any announcements at this time?


Shall we take this time to introduce ourselves? Some of us are comfortable using the following introduction: My name is [first name, last initial] and I am in dual recovery. But there is no official introduction. Feel free to find a way of introducing yourself that you are comfortable with.

Would anyone like to read "Accepting Differences"? (Someone Reads) Thank you.

Would someone like to read "Getting Started in Dual Recovery"? (Someone Reads) Thank you.

Would someone like to read "The Twelve Traditions"? (Someone Reads) Thank you.


This is an open meeting where we can discuss the Steps and matters of personal recovery. Everyone will have an opportunity to share as we go around the table. If you do not wish to share, simply say "Pass."


Tradition Seven reminds us that every DRA group is self-supporting. As we close, a basket will be passed. All donations are used for our literature and other group expenses.

Tradition Twelve reminds us of our need for anonymity. We ask that you do not repeat the names of anyone who has attended this meeting or talk about what has been shared. Only by exercising this tradition can DRA provide a setting where we can feel safe to share in a way that will help our dual recovery.

If you know someone who might find help from the DRA program, feel free to bring them to a DRA meeting. However, please bring them only if they express a personal interest. Recovery is always a matter of personal choice. We can do our best when we carry the message and practice the program.

Would all who care to, join me in the "Serenity Prayer"?