12 Step + 5 Dual Diagnosis Recovery Programme
DUAL DIAGNOSIS ANONYMOUS (UK)
What is Dual Diagnosis Anonymous (UK)?:
DDA stands for ‘Dual Diagnosis Anonymous‘.
We are a peer support/mutual aid fellowship that supports people with a combination of mental health issues and addiction/substance/alcohol misuse (otherwise known as a Dual Diagnosis).
We follow a ’12 plus 5′ Step Model. Our extra 5 steps specifically address the mental health aspect of a dual diagnosis. Therefore our programme of recovery is particularly designed to support people who are struggling with more than one problem.
We are made up of people who have lived experience of Dual Diagnosis, so know what someone may be going through.
At Dual Diagnosis Anonymous our services are not just limited to those who are struggling with dual disorders. We also welcome and extend our help to their families and friends, as well as health care providers and other interested parties.
Testimonails from DDA's Members
I am cross-addicted and dually diagnosed. I am in many fellowships, including AA, CA, MA and ACA. The great thing about the fellowship of DDA is that it complements all other fellowships in a way that is trauma-informed with a focus on mental health. I have a mental health condition called EUPD (previously known as BPD). DDA is the place where I can share openly about my struggles with my EUPD as well as addiction, alcoholism and my childhood trauma, all in the same share. I don’t fear judgment because many identify with these subjects and have lived experience of such things too, in the fellowship of DDA. I am currently working the 12 Steps + 5 in DDA with their workbook “Dual Diagnosis Anonymous: A Journey Through the Twelve Steps plus Five” by Corbitt Monica, the founder of DDA. What’s special about the DDA programme is the way that the stepwork incorporates mental illness into each and every step in a unique way. The Plus 5 Steps are specifically all about mental health and how to successfully live and recover when suffering from a dual diagnosis. I love how it complements my other fellowships and fits in perfectly with them all. I also love how positive feedback is offered, which is encouraging and makes me feel more at home in a meeting. Overall, DDA is the link that binds all my other fellowships together by tackling the underlying issues of my mental health problems, and is absolutely key to my successful recovery today.
Everyone has a story. Everyone has lived experience of something. For me, that was alcohol abuse, abuse of painkillers and a diagnosis of a mental illness. A friend told me about Dual Diagnosis Anonymous. I was warmly welcomed. In DDA, I found a fellowship where I was accepted and supported and a place where I was able to share about both my addiction and my mental health difficulties.
In DDA, I was encouraged, not judged by my fellows. At first, when I attended meetings, I just listened, but I slowly began to share. DDA was a fellowship where I felt a sense of belonging and where I felt I could connect with others. In DDA, I found genuine recovery, and I haven’t looked back since.
It’s so powerful just being heard and understood by people who get me. At DDA I’ve experienced so much kindness and empathy.
DDA present to University Students
DDA UK Co-founder Alan Butler and original DDA UK Member and Meeting Facilitator Ron Hoogland recently had the privelege of presenting to Substance Misuse Studies Degree Students at the University of West London on the topic of Stigma, hosted by long term friend, supporter and Academic Researcher on DDA, Dr Raffaella Milani . You can find a short video on Alan and Ron’s personal experiences of Stigma in the ‘About Us’ section of this website.