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Personal Stories

DAA members explain how they recovered.

The views expressed here are the stories of individual DAA members, and do not represent the fellowship as a whole.

To listen to these recorded testimonies, click on the audio file links below.

Audio file Description
Sue shares her experience, strength and hope at the Exeter DAA 1st anniversary meeting.
Duration10:36
Filesize7.6 MB
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WhereExeter
WhenFriday 20th April 2018
SpeakersSue T
Download and listen sue-t-exeter.mp3

Stu shares his experience, strength and hope at the Exeter DAA 1st anniversary meeting.
Duration10:42
Filesize7.7 MB
Bitrate kbps
WhereExeter
WhenFriday 20th April 2018
SpeakersStu A
Download and listen stu-a-exeter.mp3

Mark shares his experience, strength and hope at the Exeter DAA 1st anniversary meeting.
Duration12:12
Filesize8.8 MB
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WhereExeter
WhenFriday 20th April 2018
SpeakersMark A
Download and listen mark-a-exeter.mp3

Ant shares his experience, strength and hope at the Exeter DAA 1st anniversary meeting.
Duration11:06
Filesize8 MB
Bitrate kbps
WhereExeter
WhenFriday 20th April 2018
SpeakersAnt F
Download and listen ant-f-exeter.mp3

Audio file Description
Panel of speakers sharing on topic 'What have you given DAA?'
Duration49:02
Filesize58.8 MB
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WhereLondon
WhenThursday 28th December 2017
SpeakersMatty, Dave, Lucy, Anke, Morthen
Download and listen what-have-you-given-daa-panel.mp3

Chris R from Texas shares on the topic 'how to grow DAA - we grow, you grow'.
Duration57:30
Filesize69 MB
Bitrate kbps
WhereLondon
WhenSaturday 28th October 2017
SpeakersChris R
Download and listen chris-r-world-convention-part2.mp3

Chris R from Texas shares on the topic 'why DAA?'.
Duration49:46
Filesize59.7 MB
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WhereLondon
WhenSaturday 28th October 2017
SpeakersChris R
Download and listen chris-r-world-convention-part1.mp3

On Step 12 - working with others.
Duration12:46
Filesize15.3 MB
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WhereLondon
WhenSaturday 28th October 2017
SpeakersTony from the USA
Download and listen tony-usa-world-convention.mp3

Share on the topic 'homegroup'.
Duration16:28
Filesize19.8 MB
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WhereLondon
WhenSaturday 28th October 2017
SpeakersStewart from Plymouth
Download and listen stewart-plymouth-world-convention.mp3

Share about starting up a new DAA meeting.
Duration14:26
Filesize17.3 MB
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WhereLondon
WhenSaturday 28th October 2017
SpeakersSimon P from Portsmouth
Download and listen simon-portsmouth-world-convention.mp3

Topic of committement to recovery.
Duration12:36
Filesize15.1 MB
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WhereLondon
WhenSaturday 28th October 2017
SpeakersHannah from London
Download and listen hannah-london-world-convention.mp3

Share about doing service in DAA.
Duration12:54
Filesize15.5 MB
Bitrate kbps
WhereLondon
WhenSaturday 28th October 2017
SpeakersDaniel from Stockholm
Download and listen daniel-stockholm-world-convention.mp3

Experience of drug addiction and recovery in Lithuania.
Duration14:58
Filesize18 MB
Bitrate kbps
WhereLondon
WhenSaturday 28th October 2017
SpeakersAusra from Lithuania
Download and listen ausra-lithuania-world-convention.mp3

Chris shares about how we recover in Drug Addicts Anonymous.
Duration15:52
Filesize19 MB
Bitrate kbps
WhereLondon
WhenFriday 27th October 2017
SpeakersChris R
Download and listen chris-r-friday-2017.mp3

Dan shares about his long battle with heroin addiction and how he recovered through the 12 Steps programme in DAA.
Duration14:06
Filesize16.9 MB
Bitrate kbps
WhereLondon
WhenFriday 27th October 2017
SpeakersDan M
Download and listen dan-m-friday-2017.mp3

Stuart from Plymouth shares about Step 12 at the Brighton Unity Day.
Duration14:54
Filesize17.9 MB
Bitrate24 kbps
WhereBrighton
WhenSaturday 2nd September 2017
SpeakersStuart
Download and listen stuart-brighton-unity-day-2017.mp3

Dan M shares about Tradition Five at the Brighton Unity Day.
Duration15:48
Filesize19 MB
Bitrate24 kbps
WhereBrighton
WhenSaturday 2nd September 2017
SpeakersDan M
Download and listen dan-m-brighton-unity-day.mp3

Faye shares about the Three Pertinent Ideas at the Brighton Unity Day.
Duration14:52
Filesize17.8 MB
Bitrate24 kbps
WhereBrighton
WhenSaturday 2nd September 2017
SpeakersFaye W
Download and listen faye-w-brighton-unity-day.mp3

Cali shares on the topic Emotional Sobriety at the Brighton Unity Day.
Duration17:10
Filesize20.6 MB
Bitrate24 kbps
WhereBrighton
WhenSaturday 2nd September 2017
SpeakersCali A
Download and listen cali-brighton-unity-day.mp3

Ben B shares on the topic The Homegroup at the Brighton Unity Day.
Duration17:02
Filesize20.4 MB
Bitrate24 kbps
WhereBrighton
WhenSaturday 2nd September 2017
SpeakersBen B
Download and listen ben-b-brighton-unity-day.mp3

John shares his experience, strength and hope at the Brighton Unity Day.
Duration13:16
Filesize15.9 MB
Bitrate24 kbps
WhereBrighton
WhenSaturday 2nd September 2017
SpeakersJohn
Download and listen john-brighton-unity-day.mp3

Tom shares on the topic 'How DAA works in my life' at the Brighton Unity Day.
Duration15:14
Filesize18.3 MB
Bitrate24 kbps
WhereBrighton
WhenSaturday 2nd September 2017
SpeakersTom
Download and listen tom-brighton-unity-day.mp3

Phil shares on the topic 'Rock Bottom' at the Brighton Unity Day.
Duration16:02
Filesize19.2 MB
Bitrate24 kbps
WhereBrighton
WhenSaturday 2nd September 2017
SpeakersPhil
Download and listen phil-brighton-unity-day-2017.mp3

Oli shares her experience of Step 9 at the Brighton Unity Day.
Duration16:02
Filesize19.2 MB
Bitrate24 kbps
WhereBrighton
WhenSaturday 2nd September 2017
SpeakersOli P
Download and listen oli-brighton-unity-day-2017.mp3

Martin from Brighton shares his experience, strength and hope at the Brighton Unity Day.
Duration15:34
Filesize18.7 MB
Bitrate24 kbps
WhereBrighton
WhenSaturday 2nd September 2017
SpeakersMartin
Download and listen martin-brighton-unity-day.mp3

Audio file Description
Shares from the 'There Is A Solution' meetings 7th Anniversary
Duration31.46
Filesize29.73 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WhereLondon
WhenMonday 26th September 2016
SpeakersGarry E, Faye W and Aron O
Download and listen garry-e-faye-w-aron-o-tias-birthday-2016.mp3

Eva's share at Chester Unity Day
Duration15:32
Filesize18 MB
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WhereChester Unity Day
WhenSaturday 14th May 2016
SpeakersEva
Download and listen eva-chester-unity-day-2016.mp3

Manu's share Chester Unity Day
Duration13:45
Filesize15 MB
Bitrate kbps
WhereChester Unity Day
WhenSaturday 14th May 2016
SpeakersManu
Download and listen manu-chester-unity-day-2016.mp3

Adele's share Chester Unity Day
Duration20:13
Filesize15 MB
Bitrate kbps
WhereChester Unity Day
WhenSaturday 14th May 2016
SpeakersAdele
Download and listen adele-chester-unity-day-2016.mp3

Audio file Description
South West Convention
Duration18:43
Filesize17.1 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WherePlymouth
WhenSaturday 4th October 2014
SpeakersTony
Download and listen tony-plymouth-south-west-convention-2014.mp3

South West Convention
Duration12:30
Filesize11.4 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WherePlymouth
WhenSaturday 4th October 2014
SpeakersFrancis
Download and listen francis-plymouth-south-west-convention-2014.mp3

South West Convention
Duration15:16
Filesize13.9 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WherePlymouth
WhenSaturday 4th October 2014
SpeakersHannah
Download and listen hannah-plymouth-south-west-convention-2014.mp3

South West Convention
Duration18:05
Filesize16.5 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WherePlymouth
WhenSaturday 4th October 2014
SpeakersJill
Download and listen jill-plymouth-south-west-convention-2014.mp3

South West Convention
Duration25:04
Filesize22.9 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WherePlymouth
WhenSaturday 4th October 2014
SpeakersJoakim
Download and listen joakim-plymouth-south-west-convention-2014.mp3

South West Convention
Duration18:11
Filesize16.6 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WherePlymouth
WhenSaturday 4th October 2014
SpeakersJohnny
Download and listen johnny-plymouth-south-west-convention-2014.mp3

South West Convention
Duration7:56
Filesize7.26 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WherePlymouth
WhenSaturday 4th October 2014
SpeakersJonathon
Download and listen jonathon-plymouth-south-west-convention-2014.mp3

South West Convention
Duration12:28
Filesize11.4 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WherePlymouth
WhenSaturday 4th October 2014
SpeakersMike
Download and listen mike-plymouth-south-west-convention-2014.mp3

South West Convention
Duration10:09
Filesize9.29 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WherePlymouth
WhenSaturday 4th October 2014
SpeakersMike
Download and listen mike-2-plymouth-south-west-convention-2014.mp3

South West Convention
Duration12:26
Filesize11.3 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WherePlymouth
WhenSaturday 4th October 2014
SpeakersPeter
Download and listen peter-plymouth-south-west-convention-2014.mp3

South West Convention
Duration12:27
Filesize11.4 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WherePlymouth
WhenSaturday 4th October 2014
SpeakersSam
Download and listen sam-plymouth-south-west-convention-2014.mp3

South West Convention
Duration21:32
Filesize19.7 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WherePlymouth
WhenSaturday 4th October 2014
SpeakersStuart
Download and listen stuart-plymouth-south-west-convention-2014.mp3

South West Convention
Duration21:06
Filesize19.3 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WherePlymouth
WhenSaturday 4th October 2014
SpeakersTom
Download and listen tom-plymouth-south-west-convention-2014.mp3

South West Convention
Duration16:24
Filesize15 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WherePlymouth
WhenSaturday 4th October 2014
SpeakersErica
Download and listen erica-plymouth-south-west-convention-2014.mp3

South West Convention
Duration19:58
Filesize18.2 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WherePlymouth
WhenSaturday 4th October 2014
SpeakersDave
Download and listen dave-plymouth-south-west-convention-2014.mp3

South West Convention
Duration22:54
Filesize20.9 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WherePlymouth
WhenSaturday 4th October 2014
SpeakersDan
Download and listen dan-plymouth-south-west-convention-2014.mp3

South West Convention
Duration13:57
Filesize12.7 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WherePlymouth
WhenSaturday 4th October 2014
SpeakersCarolyn
Download and listen carolyn-plymouth-south-west-convention-2014.mp3

South West Convention
Duration11:59
Filesize10.9 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WherePlymouth
WhenSaturday 4th October 2014
SpeakersBen
Download and listen ben-plymouth-south-west-convention-2014.mp3

Brighton Unity Day
Duration19:50
Filesize19 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WhereBrighton
WhenSaturday 12th July 2014
SpeakersBen
Download and listen ben-h-brighton-unity-day-2014.mp3

Brighton Unity Day
Duration12:10
Filesize12 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WhereBrighton
WhenSaturday 12th July 2014
SpeakersBex
Download and listen bex-brighton-unity-day-2014.mp3

Brighton Unity Day
Duration40:39
Filesize39 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WhereBrighton
WhenSaturday 12th July 2014
SpeakersHarry
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Brighton Unity Day
Duration12:47
Filesize12 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WhereBrighton
WhenSaturday 12th July 2014
SpeakersJohn
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Brighton Unity Day
Duration10:11
Filesize10 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WhereBrighton
WhenSaturday 12th July 2014
SpeakersLoz
Download and listen loz-brighton-unity-day-2014.mp3

Brighton Unity Day
Duration10:20
Filesize10 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WhereBrighton
WhenSaturday 12th July 2014
SpeakersMatt
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Brighton Unity Day
Duration16:51
Filesize16 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WhereBrighton
WhenSaturday 12th July 2014
SpeakersSal
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Brighton Unity Day
Duration13:06
Filesize13 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WhereBrighton
WhenSaturday 12th July 2014
SpeakersSam
Download and listen sam-brighton-unity-day-2014.mp3

Brighton Unity Day
Duration14:30
Filesize14 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WhereBrighton
WhenSaturday 12th July 2014
SpeakersTom
Download and listen tom-brighton-unity-day-2014.mp3

Brighton Unity Day
Duration10:26
Filesize10 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WhereBrighton
WhenSaturday 12th July 2014
SpeakersAdam
Download and listen adam-brighton-unity-day-2014.mp3

Audio file Description
DAA UK Convention Plymouth
Duration1:11:26
Filesize65 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WherePlymouth UK
WhenSaturday 31st August 2013
SpeakersCally, Joby, Nabs, Michael, Gary
Download and listen cally-joby-nabs-michael-gary-daa-uk-convention-2013.mp3

DAA UK Convention Plymouth
Duration1:09:55
Filesize64 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WherePlymouth UK
WhenSaturday 31st August 2013
SpeakersJames G, Matty M, Sal D, Elliot S, Jason J
Download and listen james-g-matty-m-sal-d-elliot-s-jason-j-daa-uk-convention-2013.mp3

DAA UK Convention Plymouth
Duration1:21:30
Filesize74 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WherePlymouth UK
WhenSaturday 31st August 2013
SpeakersDan M, Jordi A, Richard N
Download and listen dan-m-jordi-a-richard-n-daa-uk-convention-2013.mp3

Audio file Description
DAA UK Convention London
Duration1:08:13
Filesize62.0 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WhereLondon
WhenSaturday 3rd November 2012
SpeakersRich N, Simon G, Jordi A, Michaela P and Lew B
Download and listen rich-n-simon-g-jordi-a-michael-p-lew-b-daa-uk-convention-2012.mp3

DAA UK Convention London
Duration1:03:12
Filesize57.8 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WhereLondon
WhenSaturday 3rd November 2012
SpeakersChris R
Download and listen chris-r-daa-uk-convention-2012.mp3

There is a solution group Friday meeting
Duration18.40
Filesize17.1 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WhereLondon
WhenFriday 2nd November 2012
SpeakersChris R
Download and listen chris-r-london-2012.mp3

Audio file Description
2011 Convention Day 2
Duration27:47
Filesize25.4 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WherePlymouth
WhenSunday 11th September 2011
SpeakersRuth P, Tommy F
Download and listen ruth-p-tommy-f-plymouth-2011.mp3

2011 Convention Day 1
Duration56:10
Filesize51.4 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WherePlymouth
WhenSaturday 10th September 2011
SpeakersNicky B, Ste W, Nicki H
Download and listen nicky-b-ste-w-nicki-h-plymouth-2011.mp3

2011 Convention Day 1
Duration33:59
Filesize31.1 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WherePlymouth
WhenSaturday 10th September 2011
SpeakersJoakim A, Erika H
Download and listen joakim-a-erika-h-plymouth-2011.mp3

2011 Convention Day 1
Duration25:21
Filesize23.2 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WherePlymouth
WhenSaturday 10th September 2011
SpeakersJoss S, Simon W
Download and listen joss-s-simon-w-plymouth-2011.mp3

Living the Program group (Plymouth)
Duration18:55
Filesize17.8 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WherePlymouth
WhenThursday 31st March 2011
SpeakersJordi A
Download and listen jordi-a-plymouth-2011.mp3

Living the Program group (Plymouth)
Duration18:28
Filesize17.3 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WherePlymouth
WhenThursday 24th March 2011
SpeakersTracy E
Download and listen tracey-e-plymouth-2011.mp3

Living the Program group (Plymouth)
Duration19:39
Filesize27.7 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WherePlymouth
WhenThursday 17th March 2011
SpeakersNathan M
Download and listen nathan-m-plymouth-2011.mp3

Living the Program group (Plymouth) 4th Anniversary meeting
Duration36:16
Filesize33.2 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WherePlymouth
WhenThursday 10th March 2011
SpeakersBekky P, Francis M, Alex T
Download and listen bekky-p-francis-m-alex-t-plymouth-2011.mp3

Living the Program group - Jacquie R first main share
Duration18:08
Filesize17.0 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WherePlymouth
WhenThursday 3rd March 2011
SpeakersJacquie R
Download and listen jaquie-r-plymouth-2011.mp3

Living the Program (Plymouth)
Duration20:46
Filesize19.0 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WherePlymouth
WhenThursday 3rd February 2011
SpeakersNikki N
Download and listen nikki-n-plymouth-2011.mp3

Into Action group (Plymouth) 6th Anniversary meeting
Duration41:53
Filesize38.3 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WherePlymouth
WhenSaturday 22nd January 2011
SpeakersStuart A, Eleanor B, Julian S
Download and listen stuart-a-eleanor-b-julian-s-plymouth-2011.mp3

Audio file Description
There Is A Solution group (London) 1st Anniversary meeting
Duration34:34
Filesize23.7 MB
Bitrate96 kbps
WhereLondon
WhenFriday 1st October 2010
SpeakersCraig S, Ruth P, Dan M
Download and listen craig-s-ruth-p-dan-m-london-first-anniversary-2010.mp3

Into Action group (Plymouth) 5th Anniversary meeting
Duration26:27
Filesize24.2 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WherePlymouth
WhenSaturday 16th January 2010
SpeakersMark S, Tracy E
Download and listen mark-s-tracey-e-plymouth-2010.mp3

Audio file Description
Into Action group (Plymouth)
Duration44:00
Filesize40.2 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WherePlymouth
WhenSaturday 29th August 2009
SpeakersPaulo P, Helen F, Dan M, Andy J
Download and listen paulo-p-helen-f-dan-m-andy-j-plymouth-2009.mp3

Into Action group (Plymouth)
Duration46:12
Filesize42.3 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WherePlymouth
WhenSaturday 15th August 2009
SpeakersRichard N, Rachel A, Mark A, Julian S
Download and listen richard-n-rachel-a-mark-julian-s-plymouth-2009.mp3

Inaugural meeting of London DAA Into Action group
Duration33:36
Filesize30.7 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WhereLondon
WhenWednesday 15th July 2009
SpeakersDan M, Mark A
Download and listen dan-m-mark-a-london-2009.mp3

Inaugural meeting of Plymouth DAA Into Action group
Duration26:19
Filesize24.1 MB
Bitrate128 kbps
WherePlymouth
WhenSaturday 2nd May 2009
SpeakersJulian S
Download and listen julian-s-plymouth-2009.mp3

But how can you live without ketamine?

After multiple attempts to stop using ketamine, and disastrous health consequences, I thought I'd take drugs till I die. -> Read full story

From prison to recovery

We don't recover from life and life is hard sometimes, but not once have I wanted to use drugs. -> Read full story

Twenty, paranoid and addicted

I tried my first drug at the age of 12. By the time someone took me to a 'meeting' my parents and siblings didn't want me in their respective homes. -> Read full story

Freedom at 21

Kai finds freedom from drugs and alcohol at 21. -> Read full story

No more snowballs, no longer a victim

After 20 years of drugs, prison, and torture of the mind, Ashley has recovered. -> Read full story

I discovered a solution to my problem

I can still remember the intense pleasure I felt when I was introduced to hash at the age of thirteen. Little did I know that this thought was going to dominate my life for the next forty-four years. -> Read full story

I no longer feel like a puppet on a string.

I felt very uncomfortable, alienated and different. Externally nothing looked wrong, yet my internal state said otherwise. -> Read full story

Even church, children and education couldn't help

I eventually ended up in prison because of my using. I tried going to church, doing a course to educate myself and all I can think about is...? You guessed it - drugs. -> Read full story

I couldnít comprehend living a drug-free life

Since joining DAA, I havenít used drugs or alcohol for a number of years. -> Read full story

No childhood trauma to blame - yet still an addict

Drugs helped Steve deal with anxiety and shyness - until they took over his life. -> Read full story

Seeking ease and comfort

In spite of his idyllic upbringing his 'poor me' attitude fed his addiction to cocaine and alcohol until suicide became appealing. -> Read full story

I was in complete denial

Homeless and heartbroken - Phil couldn't see drugs were the problem, until he found DAA. -> Read full story

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