Drug Addicts Anonymous was founded in Sweden in 1997 and made its way to Dallas, Texas in early 2007 when a small group of addicts wanted to start a 12 step fellowship that used the program of action outlined in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Out of respect for AA’s 12 traditions and singleness of purpose, they wanted to have a fellowship where they could speak freely about their experience and completely identify, while still utilizing the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous as the basic text. If the program of AA could relieve an alcoholic of their obsession with alcohol, then it could do the same in relieving an addict’s obsession with drugs. Upon contacting their brothers and sisters in Sweden, they were granted permission to use DAA’s 12 steps and traditions. Hence the first Drug Addicts Anonymous group in the U.S. was born.
We recover through the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous and the Twelve Steps, which brings about a spiritual awakening. We cannot express our gratitude enough to AA, who gave us the permission to adapt and apply the 12 steps and 12 traditions. The book of Alcoholics Anonymous is the most valuable tool we possess. It contains the precise instructions on how to recover from this deadly disease. Feel free to share your experience freely based on your use of any substances and reflect on your experience with substances while going through the reading. We ask that, while reading, we keep the wording as is to respect the original text.
The Twelve Steps of DAA
“… it became customary to set apart one night a week for a meeting to be attended by anyone or everyone interested in a spiritual way of life. Aside from fellowship and sociability the prime objective was to provide a time and place where new people might … come away with an answer.”
Big Book A Vision For You pg. 159