DAA was started in the UK by a group of drug addicts who recovered from their seemingly hopeless condition by faithfully following the Twelve Step programme pioneered in the early years of Alcoholics Anonymous.
AA’s First Tradition stresses the importance of unity in fellowship, and its Fifth the need to carry the message of recovery to others who still suffer. Mindful of the importance of the Traditions to our group’s survival, and thus to our own continued recovery, we knew we had to create for ourselves the fellowship we craved:
- a fellowship that remains true to the principles set out in AA’s Basic Text and 'Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions'
- a fellowship whose name makes clear that users of any mind-altering substance are welcome to join, will find identification, and can recover as we have
When we discovered that ten years earlier like-minded groups in Sweden had established a fellowship of this kind, DAA UK was born.