What is Dual Diagnosis?
Dual diagnosis is a term used to describe a person who is diagnosed with a mental illness and substance dependency at the same time. More than half of persons who have a serious mental illness also have some form of substance abuse. Dual diagnosis is sometime also referred to as co-occurring disorder. It can be difficult to find treatment for someone who has a mental illness and also uses drugs or alcohol. Many programs that treat people with mental illness are not well prepared to treat substance abusers, and programs for substance abusers are not geared for people with mental illness. Individuals with dual diagnoses often bounce from one program to another, or are refused treatment by single-diagnosis programs. Gradually, specialized MISA (Mental Illness and Substance Abuse) programs are being established. In Twelve Step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous they stick to a singleness of purpose (i.e. topics focus on alcoholism and not mental health diagnosis) The program Double Trouble in Recovery has been designed to meet the needs of the dually diagnosed.
What is Double Trouble in Recovery?
Double Trouble in Recovery is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover from their particular addiction(s) and mental disorders. Double Trouble in Recovery is designed to meet the needs of the dually diagnosed and is clearly for those having addictive substance problems as well as having been diagnosed with a mental disorder. Double Trouble also addresses the problems and benefits associated with psychiatric medication as well as other issues crucial to mental health; thus we recognize that for many, having addiction and mental disorders represents Double Trouble in Recovery. There are no dues or fees for DTR membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. Double Trouble in Recovery is not affiliated with any sect, denomination, political group, organization, or institution. Our primary purpose is to maintain freedom from our addiction(s) and to maintain our well-being.
How it Works
We band together to help ourselves recover from our addictions and mental disorders. We share our experiences in order to help ourselves to become honest, open-minded, and willing. Sharing helps all of us to remember how it was and how we arrived at where we are today. We live one day at a time and practice the Twelve Steps of DTR.
The Twelve Steps
1. We admitted we were powerless over mental disorders and substance abuse — that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
9. Made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10. Continued to take personal inventory and, when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other dually-diagnosed people and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are halfway through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past or wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity, and we will know peace. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experiences can benefit others. The feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear. We will gain interest in our fellows. Self-seeking will slip away. Our whole attitude and outlook on life will change. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. We will suddenly realize that our Higher Power is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.
(Adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th ed., pp. 83–84)
We who are dually-diagnosed are compelled to walk a long and narrow path. When we go out of control with our substances of choice, we become lost. If we ignore our doctors and our therapists, and misuse our medications, our path becomes very dark indeed. In our fellowship, we band together for common good and recovery. With open-minded understanding for each other, we honestly expose our problems and our weaknesses. The humility we show shall never mask or cover the courage it takes to admit who and what we are as, together, we find the hope and strength that make our narrow path into a wide road that leads to peace, serenity, and a meaningful life. Therefore, working the Twelve Steps of DTR and regular attendance at DTR and other appropriate self-help groups will help us gain the rewards of sanity, serenity, and freedom from addictions. DTR invites you to join us and continue or begin your mental, physical, and spiritual recovery.
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Double Trouble in Recovery (DTR) Meeting Schedule
The meetings below are on the Zoom app seven days a week:
- 11:00am meeting Dial 929-436-2866 ID 994-7569-8535 password 814560
- 4:00pm meeting Dial 929-436-2866 ID 962-1663-0871 password 222822
- 7:00pm meeting Dial 929-436-2866 ID 976-2733-5605 password 886700
DTR In-Person Meeting Schedule
Most DTR Meetings are on hold until after the COVID-19 health crisis. Please contact us at the email addresses below for information on the nearest meeting to you, or consider joining us online.
- Friday 6 pm OM Living Way Community Center 118 E. George Street, Adairsville
- Monday 5:30 pm OM Divas Who Win Freedom Center 645 Hawthorne Avenue, Athens
- Monday 9 am CM Dept. of Corrections Day Reporting Ctr.276 Memorial Drive, Atlanta
- Monday 10 am OM Atlanta Medical Center South 1770 Cleveland Avenue, Atlanta
- Monday 1:30 pm CM Behavioral Unit Atlanta Medical Center South 303 Parkway Dr. NE, Atlanta
- Monday 2:30 pm CM St. Jude’s 139 Renaissance Parkway NE, Atlanta
- Monday 6 pm CM Fulton County Drug Court 1135-A Jefferson St., Atlanta
- Tuesday 10 am OM Community Friendship85 Renaissance Pkwy, Atlanta
- Tuesday 11 am CM Fulton County Drug Court 1135-A Jefferson St., Atlanta,
- Tuesday 11:30 am OM Holy Comforter Woodland Ave., Atlanta
- Tuesday 1 pm OM Ground of Hope Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Corner of Central & MLK, Atlanta
- Tuesday 1 pm OM City of Refuge/Mercy Care 1300 Joseph E. Boone NW, Atlanta
- Tuesday 2 pm CM Metro Re-entry 1301 Constitution Rd SE, Atlanta
- Tuesday 2:30 pm CM Trinity House 21 Bell St., Atlanta
- Tuesday 4 pm CM Metro Re-entry 1301 Constitution Rd SE, Atlanta
- Tuesday 6 pm CM Hope House 275 Washington St, Atlanta
- Wednesday 9 am CM Fulton County Mental Health Court 1135-A Jefferson St., Atlanta
- Wednesday 2 pm CM Atlanta Medical Center, Behavioral Health Unit 303 Parkway Dr. NE, 6th Floor, Atlanta
- Thursday 9 am OM Gateway 236 Peachtree St.,Atlanta
- Thursday 1 pm OM Common Ground of Hope, The Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Corner of Central & MLK, Atlanta
- Friday 9 am CM Holy Comforter Woodland Ave., Atlanta
- Saturday 8 pm OM Salvation Army 469 Marietta Street, Atlanta
- Tuesday 12 pm – 1 pm OM Maxwell House 1002 Green Street Augusta
- Tuesday 2:30 pm CM East Central Regional Forensic 3405 Mike Padgett Highway Augusta
- Tuesday 6:30 pm CM East Central Regional Civil 3405 Mike Padgett Highway Augusta
- Thursday 4 pm OM GMHCN PSWRC of Bartow County 201 N. Erwin Street Cartersville
Monday Noon GMHCN PSWRC of White County 46 Knaus Drive Cleveland
- Wednesday 11:00 am CM Agape 5536 Old National Highway, College Park
- Tuesdays 11 am – 12 pm CM West Central Georgia Regional Forensic 3000 Schatula Road Columbus
- Tuesdays 2 pm CM West Central Georgia Regional Civil 3000 Schatula Road, Columbus
- Tuesday 6:00-7:00 pm OM Burger King 1218 Veterans Pkwy, Columbus
- Wednesday 9 am OM Rockdale House for Men 1060 Scott St., Conyers
- Thursday 11 am OM (women’s) Rockdale House for Women 995 Milstead Ave., Conyers
- Friday 2 pm CM (men’s) Rockdale County Jail 911 Chambers Dr., NW, Conyers
- Friday 11:00 am CM (women’s) Rockdale County Jail 911 Chambers Dr., NW, Conyers
- Saturday 9 am CM ARC 3430 HWY. 20, Conyers
- Monday 9:30 am CM (two meetings—men’s and women’s) Gran Recovery Center 215 Kirkland, Covington
- Tuesday 8-10 am Newton County Jail 15151 Alcovy Rd, Covington
- Friday 9:30 am CM Gran PSR, New Rock, 100 Kirkland, Covington
- Now on Zoom: 457 741 864 Saturday Noon OM The Connection 608 Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Cumming, GA 30040 For more information about this meeting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Monday 9 am & 11 am CM (women’s) Dekalb County Jail 4425 Memorial Dr., Decatur
- Monday 10:15 am CM Georgia Regional Hospital, 3073 Panthersville Rd., Bldg 8, Decatur
- Monday 11:15 am CM Georgia Regional Hospital, 3073 Panthersville Rd., Bldg 8, Decatur
- Monday 12 pm CM ACR, 4151 Memorial Dr. #209 C Decatur, GA
- Monday 2 pm CM Georgia Regional Hospital Panthersville Rd. Bldg. 11 , Decatur
- Tuesday 2 pm CM Drug Court, 4151 Memorial Dr. Ste 125-A, Decatur
- Tuesday 2 pm OM GMHCN Peer Support & Wellness Center 444 Sycamore Dr., Decatur
- Wednesday 12 pm OM Newport Integrated 1810 Moseri Rd., Decatur
- Wednesday 2 pm CM Georgia Regional Atlanta Civil 3073 Panthersville Road, Bldg. #8
- Wednesday 4 pm CM Georgia Regional Hospital Bldg. 9, Panthersville Rd., Decatur, GA
- Wednesday 5 pm OM GMHCN Peer Support & Wellness Center 444 Sycamore Dr., Decatur
- Wednesday 6:30 pm CM Fox Recovery, Dekalb CSB Clifton Springs Rd., Decatur
- Wednesday 7 pm CM (men’s) Dekalb County Jail 4425 Memorial Dr., Decatur
- Thursday 10 am CM Renaissance Counseling 2799 Lawrenceville Hwy., Decatur
- Thursday 1 pm CM Georgia Regional Atlanta Forensic 3073 Panthersville Road, Bldg #18 Decatur
- Thursday 2 pm OM The Door 1086 Covington Hwy, Decatur
- Thursday 2 pm CM Georgia Regional Hospital, Bldg #7 Panthersville Rd., Decatur
- Thursday 2:30 pm OM Breakthrough House 1866 Eastfield St., Decatur
- Thursday 2:30 pm CM Georgia Regional Hospital Panthersville Rd. Bldg. 8, Decatur
- Thursday 7 pm OM Dekalb Crisis Center 450 Winn Way, Decatur
- Friday 10:15 am CM Georgia Regional Hospital, Bldg #6 Panthersville Rd., Decatur
- Friday 11:15 am CM Georgia Regional Hospital, Bldg #4 Panthersville Rd., Decatur
- Wednesday 2 pm OM Paula Crane Life Enrichment Center 1792 Mt. Zion Road Jonesboro
- Friday 1:45 pm OM Paula Crane Life Enrichment Center 1792 Mt. Zion Road Jonesboro
- Wednesday 2 pm OM Step by Step Recovery, 191 Plainview Dr, Suite #3, Lawrenceville
- Wednesday 3:30 pm CM Viewpoint 139 615 Lawrenceville-Suwannee Rd., Lawrenceville
- Monday 6 pm OM Mary Vinson Library, 2nd Floor 51 S. Jefferson St., Milledgeville
- Tuesday 12 pm Oconee Point Center 430 N. Jefferson St., Milledgeville
- Tuesday 7:15 pm CM Central State Forensic Vinson Hwy., Milledgeville
- Wednesday 12 pm OM River Edge BHC – Baldwin 60 W. Highway 22, Milledgeville
- Tuesday 2 pm OM GMHCN PSWRC of Colquitt County 417 2nd St. SE, Moultrie
- Thursday 4 pm OM GMHCN PSWRC of Henry County 67 Keys Ferry Street, McDonough
- Wednesday 2 pm OM Paula Crane Life Enrichment Center 1792 Mt. Zion Rd., Morrow
- Friday 1:45 pm OM Paula Crane Life Enrichment Center 1792 Mt. Zion Rd., Morrow
- Wednesday 10:20 am CM Georgia Regional Savannah – Civil 1915 Eisenhower Drive, Savannah
- Wednesday 11:20 am CM Georgia Regional Savannah – Forensic 1915 Eisenhower Drive, Savannah
- Thursday 1:00 pm CM Wecovery 2004 GA HWY 122 E, Thomasville
- Thursday 4 pm CM Georgia Pines Crisis Center 525 Cassidy Rd., Thomasville
- Tuesday 4 pm OM Oasis Addiction Recovery Support Center 902 S. Main Street, Tifton
- Thursday 3 pm CM Legacy Behavioral Health Crisis Center 3116 N. Oak Street Extension, Valdosta
- To call into a DTR meeting with no video, dial 929-436-2866
- 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – (MHA Library) 300 Aaron Court, Kingston NY
- 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – (Action Towards Independence) drop in center 26 Seward Ave., Middletown, NY
- 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Independent Living Inc. 66 Bennett Ave., Middletown, NY
- 3:30 PM – Independent Living Inc., Newburgh 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM – MEN ONLY – Richard C. Ward ATC 117 Seward Ave., Middletown, NY
- 10:30 AM – Drop In Center 126 Seward Ave, Middletown, NY
- 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM – (MHA Library) 1620 Rt. 22, Brewster Town Center, Brewster, NY
- 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM – PEOPLe, Inc. 378 Violet Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY
- 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – (RSS) 22 Crystal Street, Monticello, NY
- 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – WOMEN ONLY – Richard C. Ward ATC 117 Seward Ave., Middletown, NY
- Sunday: ACOA CLUB – 2:00 p.m. 2015 College Street Columbia, SC 29205 (803) 799-5416
- Wednesday: ZOOM Meeting – 6:00 p.m. Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/
2350803108 MEETING ID: 235 080 3108 Password: DTR2020