Who we are
Debtors Anonymous (DA)
Debtors Anonymous offers hope for people whose use of unsecured debt causes problems and suffering in their lives and the lives of others. We come to learn that compulsive debting is a spiritual problem with a spiritual solution, and we find relief by working the D.A. recovery program based on the Twelve-Step principles.
Step 1. We admitted that we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.
Step 2. Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Step 3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God.
Step 4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Step 5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Step 6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Step 7. Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.
Step 8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
Step 9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Step 10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
Step 11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God’s will for us and the power to carry that out.
Step 12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, especially alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
You can find more information and resources offered by the DA worldwide organization on our world service website: debtorsanonymous.org.
Business Debtors Anonymous (BDA)
Business Debtors Anonymous is a distinct and dynamic, but not separate part of DA, created to focus on the recovery of members of the fellowship who are business owners. Together, members of BDA support one another in applying the DA principles and tools when owning and running a business. However, as part of DA, there is no separate membership for attending Business Debtors Anonymous meetings.
It is understood that paying bills for goods and services rendered according to agreed upon terms does not constitute debting.
Northwest DA Intergroup
Northwest DA Intergroup is a formal gathering of representatives from DA groups in our region. At Northwest DA meetings we discuss items that affect DA as a whole, and throughout our region. Topics include DA events, workshops, website, bulk literature orders, ways to support our constituent meetings, public outreach, and news.
Each group is encouraged to elect and send an Intergroup Representative to our monthly meetings. We also have several elected officers and standing committee chairs.
We hold annual elections each December for service commitments beginning in January of the coming year. Any member of DA may attend an Intergroup meeting as a non-voting participant, and this can be a useful way to experience a business meeting. Serving as a Representative or Trusted Servant has many benefits, including the growth of supportive relationships, strengthening our own recovery, and yes, fun!