DDA Mission Statement
- Dual Diagnosis Anonymous is a self-help organisation for people with co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse or dependence. People with dually 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.
- 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 the fellowship that opens the door to our capacity to learn to live with unresolved problems.
- 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.