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Dual Diagnosis Anonymous
Dual Diagnosis Anonymous of Oregon, Inc.


History/Time Line

Dual Diagnosis Anonymous


1989-1990-Rick Smith, supervising counselor for Riverside County CA recruits Corbett Monica as a potential dual diagnosis specialist for Riverside County


March, 1991-Corbett Monica was hired by Bob Hillis, Administrator of the Riverside County, CA Alcohol Program to provide services for clients throughout the County who were dually diagnosed, including co-facilitating psycho-educational sessions. He also facilitated meetings of the peer support group called Support Together for Emotional and Mental Serenity and Sobriety (STEMSS) developed by Michael Bricker.. Corbett, and other County employees regularly attended the 12 step Programs of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) with dually diagnosed clients as a compliment to their ongoing treatment.


July, 1995-Bob Hillis becomes Administrator of San Bernardino County, CA Department of Behavioral Health; Alcohol and Drug Programs and hires Corbett to provide services for clients throughout the County who were dually diagnosed. Due to the success in Riverside County, many of the same services, such as co-facilitating psycho-educational groups, STEMSS Meetings and AA/NA attendance, were implemented.


January 1996-Corbett and Richard Mcloud bring a group of dually diagnosed residents from Redwood Guest Home Board and Care to a traditional 12 Step meeting in Fontana, CA. One of the residents, Ruben G., diagnosed with Paranoid Schizophrenia and Alcoholism, was disruptive during the meeting due to his severe symptoms of psycho motor agitation, auditory hallucinations, paranoia,and anxiety. Richard and Corbett were asked not to bring Ruben G. to any more meetings due to the distraction and disruption he caused to other members. Corbett recognized the importance of a 12 Step program for people like Ruben who did not “fit in” to the more traditional settings of 12 step programs. With an understanding that dual diagnosis involves the two primary diseases of mental illness and substance abuse, Corbett developed 5 Steps of recovery that emphasized dual diagnosis and began the modified 12 Step Program of Dual Diagnosis Anonymous (DDA). He began working on a “Concept Paper” titled “Dual Diagnosis Anonymous; 12 Steps Plus Five.”


February, 1996-The first DDA meeting was held at the First Presbyterian Church in Fontana CA, on the 1st of February, 1996 at 6:00 PM. This meeting was chaired by Corbett and attended by a dozen residents of Redwood Guest Home. Corbett reported to the San Bernardino County Department of Mental Health Dual Diagnosis Committee Meeting that he had changed the name of the support groups he was conducting from STEMSS to Dual Diagnosis Anonymous, in order to be consistent with other 12 Step programs. Corbett completed the first draft of the concept paper: “Dual Diagnosis Anonymous; 12 Steps Plus Five”, and revised it in March 1996.


May, 1996-On May 7th Corbett sent a letter to Alcoholics Anonymous World Services in New York requesting permission to use the DDA version of the 12 Steps of AA for the DDA program. On May 16th AA granted permission to DDA to use the revised version of the 12 Steps with an appropriate disclaimer. New DDA Meeting began at Cedar House in Bloomington, Ca. Corbett completes first draft of DDA meeting materials (Format, Preamble, 12 Steps, 5 Steps)


June, 1996-DDA meetings are now held at the following locations: First Presbyterian Church in Fontana, San Bernardino Valley College, Victor Valley Counseling Center in Hesperia, The Recovery Center in Upland, and Team House in San Bernardino.


October, 1996-The DDA meeting at the First Presbyterian Church in Fontana is attended by fifty DDAer's. This marks the most attendees ever at a DDA meeting.


November, 1996-Corbett is featured in “Inside Oriented” a monthly publication of the San Bernardino County of Behavioral Health, in an article entitled, “Corbett Monica's Experience Enables Him To Offer Hope To Dually Diagnosed Clients.” The article highlights the quote by Dostoyevsky; “To Live Without Hope Is To Cease To Live”, as one of Corbett's guiding principles. This quote becomes a cornerstone of the philosophy of the DDA Program.


May, 1997-First DDA meeting held at Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino, CA. Meeting is held in the “T” Building, the same Building where Corbett resided while in Treatment there in 1971. Fifty-One people attend meeting.


June, 1997-The First Annual Dual Diagnosis Anonymous “Spring Fling” is held in San Bernardino on 6-6-1997 and attended by an estimated 200 DDA'ers!


July, 1997-Clancy Miller, who works with dually diagnosed resident of Orchid Court attends his first DDA meeting at the First Presbyterian Church in Fontana, CA. with thirteen residents. This increases the average attendance there from twenty-seven to forty.


December, 1997-There are now sixteen weekly DDA meetings in San Bernardino County.


April,1998-On April 23rd Corbett corresponded with Alcoholics Anonymous World Services in New York, requesting permission to use the DDA version of the 12 Traditions of AA for the DDA program. On April 30th AA granted permission to DDA to use the revised version of the 12 Traditions with an appropriate disclaimer. First draft of 12 Traditions for DDA completed.


June, 1998-The Second Annual Dual Diagnosis Anonymous Spring Fling is held in San Bernardino, with attendance over 200 people.


July, 1998-DDA averages two hundred and four contacts per month for the past year in California. Corbett begins new position as the Treatment Supervisor of Men's Services at the De Paul Treatment Center in Portland, OR


September, 1998-The first DDA meeting in Oregon is held at the De Paul Residential Treatment Center in downtown Portland at 8:00 PM and is attended by thirteen people.



April, 1999-Corbett becomes the first Program Manager for Project Oasis. Project Oasis is an integrated effort of two agencies; CODA (a substance abuse treatment service delivery system), and Mental Health West (a mental health service delivery system) in downtown Portland. Project Oasis is an intensive case management program for high risk felony offenders with a dual diagnosis. The second chapter of DDA begins at Mental Health West in downtown Portland and is attended by seven people.


2001- Gregory Sweetwood from San Bernardino, CA writes first draft of “Just For Today.”


August, 2001-Corbett accepts a position as Lead Counselor for the Bridgepoint Program at Columbia River Correctional Facility (CRCI). CRCI is a minimum security prison and Bridgepoint is a fifty bed dual diagnosis program for men. The first Bridgepoint Chapter of DDA begins and is attended by twelve men.


September, 2002-The number of DDA meetings at Bridgepoint increases to five weekly.


January, 2003-Mark Buckner and Bridgepoint DDA Chapter draft the first DDA “Six Rules of Respect”


February, 2003-Meetings are now held Monday through Friday at the Bridgepoint Program. Corbett and Mark revise meeting format.


April, 2003-Following his release from CRCI Mark Buckner, with help and support from Laurie Ellet establishes Cascadia Chapter of DDA in North Portland.


July, 2003-Corbett revises and condenses Just For Today in DDA and the Six rules of Respect become the Five Rules of Respect.


January, 2004- Corbett meets with Bob Nikkel, Oregon Director of Addictions and Mental Health (AMH) who immediately supports DDA as an important peer recovery component.


May, 2005-Corbett meets with Mary-Claire Buckley, Executive Director of the Psychiatric Security Review Board (PSRB) who supports DDA as a support program for persons supervised by the PSRB and suggests that Oregon AMH attempt to identify a source of funding to create DDA of Oregon. With support from Bob Nikkel funds are identified to launch DDA of Oregon as a statewide peer-recovery support program.


July, 2005-Corbett meets with Tim Hartnett, Executive Director of CODA, Inc., and CODA managers; Margaret Thiele, and Janet Bardossi who support DDA and agree to provide infrastructure to proposed project DDA of Oregon.


September, 2005-On September 6, the Statewide Project: “Dual Diagnosis Anonymous of Oregon” begins as a collaborative effort between the State Office of Addictions and Mental Health, The Psychiatric Security Review Board, Multnomah County, CODA, Inc. and Project Director/Founder Corbett Monica.


October, 2005-First DDA of Oregon monthly Fellowship Gathering is held in Salem


November, 2005-DDA of Oregon launches its web page and starts meetings at the Oregon State Hospital.


July, 2006-Effective July 1st a Sole Source Determination Contract with the State Office of Addictions and Mental Health is awarded to Corbett as an independent contractor.


December, 2006 -First “Unofficial” DDA of Oregon Board meets in Salem. First Annual DDA of Oregon “Fun In Recovery” Bowling Bonanza is held at Mt. Hood Lanes in Gresham. Over fifty DDAer's attend.


January, 2007-Dual Diagnosis Anonymous of Oregon is Incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.


February, 2007-Central Office of DDA of Oregon opens in downtown Portland


March, 2007 -First “Official” DDA of Oregon, Inc. Board meeting


December, 2007-Second Annual DDA of Oregon “Fun in Recovery” Bowling Bonanza is held and attended by over sixty DDAer's. DDA of Oregon has established some 80 new meetings in 18 Counties in Oregon.


February, 2008-On 1-08-08 sixty-seven people attend DDA in the 50 Building at Oregon State Hospital. This is the largest regular weekly DDA meeting ever held in Oregon! First ever DDA meeting is held in Vancouver WA and is attended by four people.


March, 2008- Corbett finalizes DDA readings (Meeting format, Rules of Respect, Preamble, Opening Prayer, 12 Steps, 5 Steps, Just For Today in DDA, and Group Meeting Record). DDA of Oregon, Inc. readings, Logo, and History are submitted for trademark/copyright protection.

Corbett participates on the OPB radio series “On Our Minds.” DDA of Oregon hires an Office Coordinator at its downtown location. Five new chapters began.


August, 2008- Twenty new chapters began in Oregon since March including those at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility and Oregon State Hospital. Corbett met with Oregon Governor Kulongoski regarding DDA and peer support programs.


September 2008-DDA begins in Iowa


November, 2008- DDA of Oregon now has a total of 332 chapters statewide. DDA Staff celebrate sobriety birthdays: Frank, 2 years; David, 7 years; and Corbett, 22 years clean and sober! Its the 3rd year anniversary of monthly Fellowship Meetings.


January 2009- 3rd Annual “Fun in Recovery” Bowling Bonanza with nearly one hundred participants. First Issue of the DDA newsletter.


May 2009- Ten new chapters began since January. Corbett was interviewed for both radio and newspaper features in Astoria, Oregon. He met with actor and filmmaker Joey Pantoliano and previewed Pantoliano’s new documentary about mental illness, “No Kidding, Me Too” with Bob Nikkel and Dr. Dean Brooks.


July 2009-DDA now has chapters in Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts


September 2009- Fourteen new chapters began since May. Corbett honored with a gubernatorial appointment to the Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board.


January 2010- Six new chapters began since September. DDA held the 4th Annual “Fun in Recovery” Bowling Bonanza. DDA Advisory Board retreat to discuss and brainstorm long term goals for DDA of Oregon.


August 2010- Article regarding dual diagnosis appears in Psychiatric Services Journal with Corbett as lead author as well as Bob Nikkel, MSW and Robert Drake, MD of Dartmouth University. Eight new meetings began since January including Multnomah County Jail and Coffee Creek Correctional Facility Women’s Medium Security. DDA BBQ held at State Hospital in Salem is attended by 107 participants.


September 2010-DDA of Oregon receives Addictions and Mental Health Hope, Resilience & Recovery Outstanding Community Service Organization Award for outstanding impact in the field of alcohol and drug prevention, treatment and recovery.


November 2010- DDA of Oregon hits a record total of 4,000 people attending meetings for the month.


January, 2011-DDA in Canada


March 2011-DDA chapter begins in Chicago, Illinois


April, 2011-Womens Chapter of DDA in Washington, DC


July 2011-New Chapter of DDA in Ireland


August 2011-New chapter of DDA in Los Angeles, California


November, 2011-DDA in Ashville, North carolina


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