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THE TWELVE TRADITIONS OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

THE TWELVE TRADITIONS OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

 

  • 1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity.
  • 2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority—a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
  • 3. The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.
  • 4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole.
  • 5. Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
  • 6. An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  • 7. Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  • 8. Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  • 9. A.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  • 10. Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
  • 11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, and films.
  • 12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

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