Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics

Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics

  • Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity.
  • 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.
  • The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.
  • Each group should be autonomous, except in matter affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole.
  • Each group has but one primary purpose – to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
  • 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.
  • Every A.A. group should be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  • A.A., as such, ought never to be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never to be drawn into public controversy.
  • Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, TV and films.
  • Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personality.
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