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Resources and Materials
for Double Trouble in Recovery groups

Hazelden publishes these DTR materials to help professionals and clients start and run DTR groups:

DTR Basic GuideDouble Trouble In Recovery: Basic Guide

For those dealing with severe mental illness and addiction, this is the equivalent to the "Big Book" of Alcoholics Anonymous.

DTR DVDStarting and Running a Double Trouble in Recovery Group DVD

This DVD features professionals and DTR group members giving practical information and inspiring personal stories about their experiences with the success of peer support, including:

  • footage of DTR group members running their own meeting and sharing their experiences, strength, and hope
  • interviews with mental health and addiction professionals outlining how they've used peer-led recovery groups to improve outcomes for their dually diagnosed clients
  • commentary by Marya Hornbacher, author of the best selling memoir Madness: A Bipolar Life, detailing how essential Twelve Step recovery groups are to those with co-occurring disorders, and how DTR has affected her recovery
  • a group training and demonstration run by DTR founder Howie Vogel

Starting a DTR Group GuideHow to Start a Double Trouble in Recovery Group: A Guide for Professionals

Many DTR groups are formed through the encouragement of professionals who recognize peer support as a critical tool in a client’s recovery management. Yet, these groups are designed to flourish as the result of peer leadership. This guide provides the information and resources professionals need to help clients establish and maintain DTR groups in their community.

The complete Double Trouble in Recovery Collection includes:

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  • 1 copy of How to Start a Double Trouble in Recovery Group
  • 5 copies of DTR Basic Guide
  • 1 copy of the DVD
  • 1 set of 12 aluminum Keep Coming Back Tokens featuring landmarks over one year of recovery.
Contact Information

For information about using these materials or starting and running a group, contact us at training@hazelden.org.

Free downloads

These free printable posters and pamphlets (in pdf format) can complement the Basic Guide in your Double Trouble in Recovery group meetings.

Pamphlet: Suggestions for Starting a DTR Group
Learn how to begin a DTR group, organize your meetings, and communicate expectations to the group.

Pamphlet: The Role
of Sponsorship

Understand what a sponsor is, why it is important to have one, and how to find and have a good relationship with your sponsor.

Poster: Mark Your Calendar
This sheet will help group members remember the time and place of your next DTR meeting.

Poster: The Twelve Steps of Double Trouble in Recovery
This poster lists the Twelve Steps of DTR and can be posted at your meeting place for group members to keep in mind and follow.

Poster: The Twelve Traditions of DTR
As a daily reference for group members, print off this “Twelve Traditions” poster and place it at your meeting place.

Sample Script for DTR
Group Meetings

If you aren’t sure how to organize your first DTR group meeting, print off this sample script as a guide to follow. 

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