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Tradition 3 | Tradition 5

4. "Our groups and service work are guided by the principles of the 12 Steps of D.R.A."

A core principle behind the Fourth Tradition is that by practicing the principles found in the Twelve Steps for dual recovery at the level of the Group, DRA unity is preserved and our network of support and service is enhanced.

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

They say in the Twelfth Step to practice these principles in all our affairs. What better place to put the Steps to use than when interacting with my Group and doing Service Work for DRA?

Our Group does a lot of service projects and I love to be involved in the decision making processes. We apply the Steps and Traditions and it allows us to to get things done in ways that I rarely see out in the world. I mean, we are a really diverse bunch, but no one is afraid to make mistakes because we've learned how to quickly make amends and move on. So we have a kind of spontaneity that produces new and invigorating ideas all the while focusing our efforts on our Primary Purpose and what's best for DRA as a whole. Amazing what we can achieve.

DRA Groups are sort of like people. They learn and grow, make mistakes, and hopefully learn from those mistakes. Groups and people are not perfect. They need some structure and support. The Steps are said to be good principles for people to live by. They also really support the Unity of our Group by helping to make sure that our Service Work Committees are guided by principles such as love,  patience, honesty, and acceptance.

Doing Service Work has helped me personally learn how to "practice these principles in all (my) affairs". I'm really shy and I've never had a real job. I don't have a lot of experience relating and interacting with a bunch of different people. Being secretary and helping out on the picnic committee has really helped me.

Tradition 3 | Tradition 5

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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