Tribes of the recovering community

dralogoThis week’s tribe is Dual Recovery Anonymous:

Dual Recovery Anonymous™ is a 12 Step self-help program that is based on the principals of the Twelve Steps and the experiences of men and women in recovery with a dual diagnosis. The DRA program helps us recover from both our chemical dependency and our emotional or psychiatric illness by focusing on relapse prevention and actively improving the quality of our lives. In a community of mutual support, we learn to avoid the risks that lead back to alcohol and drug use as well as reducing the symptoms of our emotional or psychiatric illness.

There are only two requirements for membership:

  • A desire to stop using alcohol or other intoxicating drugs.
  • A desire to manage our emotional or psychiatric illness in a healthy and constructive way.

Smartphones for recovery

I recently got an android phone and was looking at this app today.

The app allows for all sorts of automation and reminders. It got me thinking ab0ut what might be possible for relapse prevention in treatment. Some possible uses include:

    • Warning text messages based on location. Old using haunts, for example. These text messages could be pre-written by client as a message to his/herself in the event of high risk behavior.
    • Prompts to call sponsors/supports if they haven’t been called in a certain interval.
    • Blocking numbers of dealers or people who will encourage drug use.
    • Prompts to do spot check inventory.
    • Prompts to make gratitude lists, based on inventory.
    • Prompt and display literature, based on inventory.
    • Notification of local meetings based on location.

    Pretty cool for the motivated client and the tech savvy helper.

    All for under $7 with something many clients already own and carry with them constantly.