alcoholic woman Dual Recovery Anonymous is an independent, nonprofessional, twelve step, self-help fellowship organization for people with a dual diagnosis. Our goal is to help men and women who experience a dual illness. We are chemically dependent (alcoholic / addict) and we are also affected by an emotional or psychiatric illness. Both illnesses affect us in all areas of our lives; physically, psychologically, socially, and spiritually.

The many terms of dual disorders

The term dual diagnosis is often used interchangeably with the terms co-morbidity, co-occurring illnesses, concurrent disorders, comorbid disorders, co-occurring disorder, dual disorder, and, double trouble. Professional literature has used a confusing array of terms and acronyms to describe co-occurring disorders or a dual diagnosis.

Many problems

Individuals who experience a dual diagnosis often face a wide range of psychosocial issues and may experience multiple interacting illnesses (more than two). The term “co-occurring disorders” is becoming a common term used to refer to dual diagnosis, or co-occurring substance abuse disorders and psychiatric or emotional illnesses.

Dual Recovery Anonymous defines “dual diagnosis” as meaning that an individual has two separate but very interrelated diagnoses:

  1. A psychiatric diagnosis
  2. A substance abuse diagnosis which may include both drugs and alcohol

An individual is in dual recovery when they are actively following a program that focuses on their recovery needs for both their chemical dependency and their psychiatric illness.

Our Second Tradition states that: “D.R.A. has two requirements for membership;

  1. a desire to stop using alcohol and other intoxicating drugs, and
  2. a desire to manage our emotional or psychiatric illness in a healthy and constructive way.”

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Related Reading:

Everything I Never Wanted to Be: A Memoir of Alcoholism and Addiction, Faith and Family, Hope and Humor
Foundations of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing: A Clinical Approach, 6e
Sex with a Shooting Star (The Junkie Tales)
Drugs, Society, and Human Behavior