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The Twelve Traditions of Double Trouble in Recovery

1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends on DTR unity.

2. For our group purpose, there is but one ultimate authority - a loving God, as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.

3. The only requirement for DTR membership is a desire to stop drinking and drugging, and to work on one's mental health.

4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or DTR as a whole.

5. Each group has but one primary purpose - to carry its message to the dually-diagnosed person who still suffers.

6. A DTR group ought never endorse, finance or lend the DTR name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.

7. Every DTR group ought to be self-supporting, declining outside contributions.

8. Double Trouble in Recovery should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.

9. DTR, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.

10. Double Trouble in Recovery has no opinion on outside issues; hence the DTR name ought never be drawn into public controversy.

11. Our public relations is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films.

12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

Adapted from the Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous. 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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