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"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
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.
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.
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
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.
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