What is Double Trouble in Recovery?

Double Trouble in Recovery (DTR) is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with one another so that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover from their particular co-occurring addiction(s) and mental disorders.

DTR is designed to meet the needs of the dually diagnosed and is clearly for those having addictive substance problems as well as having been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder.

We also address the problems and benefits associated with psychiatric medication as well as other issues crucial to mental health; thus we recognize that for many, having co-occurring addiction and mental disorders represents double trouble in recovery.

How does Double Trouble in Recovery work?

DTR follows a Twelve Step approach to recovery. The Twelve Steps of Double Trouble in Recovery have evolved from the original Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.

In DTR groups, we band together to help ourselves recover from our addictions and mental disorders. We share our experiences to help ourselves become honest, open-minded, and willing. Sharing helps all of us to remember how it was and how we arrived at where we are today. We live one day at a time and practice the Double Trouble in Recovery Twelve Steps.

There are no dues or fees for DTR membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.

Does DTR follow the 12 Traditions of AA?

Yes, but there are two minor differences. In Tradition #3 of DTR, it says “The only requirement for DTR membership is a desire to stop drinking and drugging, and to work on one’s mental health.” Also, DTR uses the term “dually diagnosed person” in place of “alcoholic” in Tradition #5.

Are DTR meetings similar to AA meetings?

Yes, DTR meetings are very similar to AA meetings. They typically include a welcome, a moment of silence, reading of DTR principles, group member introductions, a guest speaker, sharing of experiences, and a closing (often using the Serenity Prayer).