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
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.
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
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.”
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 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)
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
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.
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
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.
First Annual Dual Diagnosis Anonymous “Spring Fling” is
held in San Bernardino on 6-6-1997 and attended by an
estimated 200 DDA'ers!
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.
1997-There are now sixteen weekly DDA meetings in
San Bernardino County.
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.
Second Annual Dual Diagnosis Anonymous Spring Fling is
held in San Bernardino, with attendance over 200 people.
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
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.
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.
Gregory Sweetwood from San Bernardino, CA writes first
draft of “Just For Today.”
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.
2002-The number of DDA meetings at Bridgepoint
increases to five weekly.
2003-Mark Buckner and Bridgepoint DDA Chapter draft
the first DDA “Six Rules of Respect”
2003-Meetings are now held Monday through Friday at
the Bridgepoint Program. Corbett and Mark revise meeting
2003-Following his release from CRCI Mark Buckner,
with help and support from Laurie Ellet establishes
Cascadia Chapter of DDA in North Portland.
revises and condenses Just For Today in DDA and the Six
rules of Respect become the Five Rules of Respect.
2004- Corbett meets with Bob Nikkel, Oregon Director
of Addictions and Mental Health (AMH) who immediately
supports DDA as an important peer recovery component.
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
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
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
2005-First DDA of Oregon monthly Fellowship
Gathering is held in Salem
2005-DDA of Oregon launches its web page and starts
meetings at the Oregon State Hospital.
July 1st a Sole Source Determination Contract
with the State Office of Addictions and Mental Health is
awarded to Corbett as an independent contractor.
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.
2007-Dual Diagnosis Anonymous of Oregon is
Incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.
2007-Central Office of DDA of Oregon opens in
2007 -First “Official” DDA of Oregon, Inc. Board
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.
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.
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.
participates on the OPB radio series “On Our Minds.” DDA
of Oregon hires an Office Coordinator at its downtown
location. Five new chapters began.
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
2008-DDA begins in Iowa
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.
2009- 3rd Annual “Fun in Recovery” Bowling Bonanza
with nearly one hundred participants. First Issue of the
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.
now has chapters in Connecticut, New York, and
2009- Fourteen new chapters began since May. Corbett
honored with a gubernatorial appointment to the Oregon
State Hospital Advisory Board.
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.
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
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
2010- DDA of Oregon hits a record total of 4,000
people attending meetings for the month.
2011-DDA in Canada
chapter begins in Chicago, Illinois
2011-Womens Chapter of DDA in Washington, DC
Chapter of DDA in Ireland
2011-New chapter of DDA in Los Angeles, California
2011-DDA in Ashville, North carolina