Dual Diagnosis Anonymous

'To Live Without Hope Is To Cease To Live'


Dual Diagnosis Anonymous is a social enterprise in the UK that provides support to people who have co-occurring mental health and addiction problems. Aside from our recovery programme, we also hold workshops and meetings that cover each step in the programme and include topic-based discussions.

Ouline of DDA

• Dual Diagnosis Anonymous (DDA) is a peer support group for people who experience the effects of drug or alcohol problems, as well as mental health issues.

• Our groups follow a ‘12 Step + 5’ Programme, which addresses substance misuse and mental health at the same time.

• We know that Dual Diagnosis is a big issue and that there is not a lot of support for it out there. So DDA is here to offer hope, support, fellowship and recovery to those with a Dual Diagnosis.

• We also welcome professionals and family members to our meetings.

• All our discussions are confidential.

The aims and objectives of Dual Diagnosis Anonymous are as follows:

1. Dual Diagnosis Anonymous is a self-help organisation for people with co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse or dependence. People with dual diagnosed substance abuse and mental illnesses often feel alienated at traditional 12-step meetings, yet need the peer support provided by such groups. Dual Diagnosis Anonymous (DDA) is a peer support program specifically for people with co-occurring disorders. To the traditional 12 steps of AA and Narcotics Anonymous, Dual Diagnosis Anonymous has added five steps acknowledging both illnesses, accepting help for both conditions, understanding the importance of a variety of interventions, combining illness self-management with peer support and spirituality, and working the program by helping others.

2. Dual Diagnosis Anonymous is a fellowship of persons who share their experiences, strengths, weaknesses, feelings, fears and hopes with one another to resolve their dual diagnosis, and/or learn to live at peace with unresolved problems. A primary barrier to recovery for many of us is our inability to live with unresolved problems. It is the strength of the group consciousness of our fellowship that opens the door to our capacity to learn to live with unresolved problems.

3. Dual Diagnosis Anonymous has but one primary purpose: to carry its message of hope and recovery to those who still suffer from the effects of a dual diagnosis. We are founded upon the understanding that our recovery is predicated upon hope.

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