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Drug Addicts Anonymous, BC Canada

Recovery from narcotics and all mind-altering substances

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What DAA does

The central platform of DAA's activity is the group. Our groups meet at the same time and place every week (or more frequently) to share our experience with any drug addict seeking help with their problem. Our fellowship offers a one-to-one service ('sponsorship') to the drug addict who arrives at DAA, whether referred by a professional or having walked in off the street. We use the traditional Twelve Step programme outlined in the Alcoholics Anonymous Basic Text, and no other method. Our collective experience confirms that an enjoyable, fulfilling life awaits the drug addict who has finally reached a place of hopelessness and desperation, regardless of the depths to which he or she may have sunk. Take, for instance, the chronic relapser, the drug addict whose apparent inability to stop using drugs, even when the terrible consequences of his addiction stare him in the face, baffles everybody. Many of us matched this exact description, yet found it possible to overcome a seemingly hopeless condition by following our simple programme.

Anonymity, a key and unifying spiritual principle, removes the danger of personalities coming before principles, enabling DAA to govern itself and to gain new members through attraction rather than promotion. Adherence to the principle of anonymity allows us to practise genuine humility, ensuring that we continue to enjoy freedom from drug addiction, while passing on the tremendous gift of recovery to the drug addict who still suffers.

What DAA does not do, and what we are not

We leave professional care to the professionals, and do not therefore offer any kind of detoxification or medical care. We don't practise amateur therapy or operate 'self-help' groups or 'encounter sessions'. We don't provide medical facilities or any kind of medical or psychological diagnosis. We don't offer assistance with living expenses, shelter, food or 'after-care'. We do not keep a record of members' attendance, names or identities.

DAA is not in any sense a religious body; it is a fellowship founded upon spiritual principles. We are not allied with any sect, denomination, political position, organization or institution, and have no opinion on any outside issue. We do not wish to engage in any controversy, and neither endorse nor oppose any cause or campaign. We don't discriminate against any individual or group, on any grounds whatsoever.

DAA is not dedicated to users of any one specific drug, and use of no single drug was predominant among our members.

DAA does not have charitable status. Our fellowship is fully self-supporting and does not accept outside contributions.

Our aims

We aim to inform you about DAA, and about how our Twelve Step programme can help drug addicts to recover from addiction. Our first-hand experience as using addicts has proved invaluable in our work with many kinds of drug addict, in all phases of active addiction. We encourage professionals to draw on this extensive experience, which is available free of charge. We offer a solution to drug addiction, and thus to the many problems with which the illness is linked; problems that affect not only drug addicts themselves, but also their families and the wider community, as well as professionals -- among them, possibly, you yourself -- who work in fields such as crime prevention and public health.

Many of you will regularly see the consequences of drug addiction in your work. If you work in the health services or in the criminal justice system, you will probably see familiar faces - seemingly hopeless cases – who return time after time. Many members of DAA were once considered equally hopeless. Today, however, through attending DAA meetings, practising our Twelve Step programme of recovery, and helping others to recover from drug addiction, these men and women are responsible, drug-free members of society.

What we offer

Presentations: We will visit you and give a presentation - this can include a short talk about DAA, a personal testimony ('share') given by a DAA member, and the opportunity to ask questions about DAA, how we work and what we can offer.

Posters: We have a selection of posters, postcards and business cards that inform those who use your service how to contact DAA.

Hospitals and Institutions: DAA works with hospitals, detox facilities and treatment centres. We offer a variety of services, from talks with medical staff to individual contact for patients with a drug problem. We can also provide meetings for drug addicts who are unable to get to our regular meetings.

Prisons and Probation: DAA arranges for members to visit prisons and hold DAA meetings for prisoners. We are happy to meet with people on probation and introduce them to DAA meetings.

Public Information co-operates with national and local media, and meets with a wide range of organizations to explain how DAA works.

Disclaimer:The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions are adapted with permission from A.A. World Services, Inc. The permission to adapt AA's Steps does not imply an endorsement or affiliation with DAA.