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 The Third Tradition of Dual Recovery Anonymous

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Tradition 2 | Tradition 4

3. "We welcome men and women of all personal beliefs, our program is one of personal freedom and choice."

A core principle behind the Third Tradition is that DRA members are free to interpret and personalize the Twelve Steps in a way that will meet their own needs for dual recovery. Members are free to develop their own beliefs and lifestyles to support their dual recovery.

IN OUR OWN WORDS: Members share their thoughts on the Third Tradition

I think this Tradition just adds to the feeling of being equal partners in dual recovery. I mean; it doesn't matter to anyone what religion you are or are not, you use the program and the Steps in a way that makes sense to you. You don't have to prove anything to anybody or meet any special requirements to belong here. All you need is to want to quit drinking and drugging and improve the quality of your life.

I talked with a guy at World Network once who said there were no "Explicit Musts" in our program. The idea that personal freedom and choice are the rule not the exception in DRA gives me the feeling that I am trusted enough and smart enough to make the choices I need to make for my own well-being. Sure, I've come to depend on the help and guidance of my higher and helping powers and the people in my home Group that know me, but ultimately, no one is telling me what to do and I like that.

I think the deal is, is that our personal beliefs about religion and spirituality don't even come into public play in DRA. They are our own business, our own personal quest.  Dual recovery isn't about religion. Though we can draw on our personal beliefs to help us if we choose. We each must do what works best for us.

The door couldn't be any wider. Our welcome mat is out there for anyone with co-occurring disorders who is looking for support for their personal dual recovery.

This Tradition really meant a lot to me when I first heard of DRA. I guess there isn't a whole lot that is traditional about me or the things I believe in or do. I don't really care what anyone thinks, but I don't want to have to waste energy having to defend myself either. 

Tradition 2 | Tradition 4

Fellowship Traditions Discussion Booklet This section of web site in downloadable printable PDF Adobe Reader format

DRA's Preamble Explained - Our Traditions and Founding Vision 

0 The 12 Traditions of Dual Recovery Anonymous  Introduction
1 The primary purpose of D.R.A. is to carry the message of recovery to men and women who experience a dual disorder.
2 D.R.A. has two requirements for membership; a desire to stop using alcohol and other intoxicating drugs, and a desire to manage our emotional or psychiatric illness in a healthy and constructive way.
3 We welcome men and women of all personal beliefs, our program is one of personal freedom and choice.
4 Our groups and service work are guided by the principles of the 12 Steps of D.R.A.
5 Each group is independent, to better meet the recovery needs of our members. We are sensitive to the well being and unity of other groups and to D.R.A. as a whole.
6 To maintain our primary purpose, we avoid all outside distractions. We need not become involved in financial entanglements, lend the D.R.A. name for outside activities and issues, or become drawn into public controversy.
7 Every DRA group ought to be self-supporting.
8 D.R.A. is a volunteer, self-help organization. To carry out our service work, we may employ special workers, form committees and coordinate projects.
9 Our individual dual recovery depends on D.R.A. unity. We carry the message through our personal recovery and our service work.
10 D.R.A. is a non-professional program. We do not provide chemical dependency, mental health or other social services. D.R.A. has no opinion regarding the appropriate use of medications or other methods of managing our symptoms.
11 In D.R.A. we share an equal partnership in dual recovery. Our traditions and service work help us maintain the integrity of our program, to provide for others and to enhance the unity of D.R.A. as a whole.
12 Personal anonymity is the right of every D.R.A. member. We practice anonymity at the level of public media.
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