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 The Fifth Tradition of Dual Recovery Anonymous

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Tradition 4 | Tradition 6

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."

A core principle behind the Fifth Tradition is that each DRA Group is an independent entity and manages its own affairs so that it best fulfills its Primary Purpose. By utilizing the wisdom found in the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, Groups remain sensitive to the well-being of other Groups and DRA as a whole.

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

Our Group takes a Group Conscience for just about everything. We're small and have very little funding. Sometimes we need to do things a little different than the bigger Groups. I'm glad we are allowed that flexibility.

My Home Group is more than a collection of individuals. It is a spiritual entity with its own unique characteristics. At the same time, it's a regular 12 Step DRA meeting which makes it part of the great whole that makes up the DRA Fellowship.

When we formed our Group, a lot of us wanted to call ourselves The Double Trouble Group. Then we found out that another dual recovery 12 Step organization had the words Double Trouble in its name. While we are sure it is a fine program, we didn't want to confuse our Dual Recovery Anonymous Group with any other Fellowship or organization or show a possible outside affiliation. After we thought about it, we decided that using a name that was so closely associated with another established recovery organization might cause confusion for people trying to find meetings of either particular fellowship. We also discussed the possibility that it  might sort of water down the image of DRA as a whole even though the term "Double Trouble" would be used in a generic manner. We came to a Group consensus when one member said she wished our Group name would reflect the DRA attitude of believable hope in some way... something inviting and friendly. Something based in the solution.

Our Group asks our Group Service Representative (GSR) to stay in contact with DRA World Network Central Office at least 4 times a year. When our GSR writes the World Network Office, she often does it in a way that the letters could also be published in DRA's Vision newsletter if they wanted to. They really are articles about our Group and how we have grown, what events we have put on, and how we have solved problems. We feel that these are good ways for us to be sensitive to other DRA Groups and to the Fellowship as a whole.

Tradition 4 | Tradition 6

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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