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The Twelve Steps of Double Trouble in Recovery

DTR follows a Twelve Step approach to recovery, which has evolved from the original Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.*

1. We admitted we were powerless over mental disorders and substance abuse -- that our lives had become unmanageable.

2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.

9. Made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

10. Continued to take personal inventory and, when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.

11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other dually-diagnosed people and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

 Double Trouble in Recovery is not affiliated with Alcoholics Anonymous.

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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