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12 Traditions

The Twelve Traditions bind our fellowship together and have enabled us to endure for many years. They provide guidelines for relationships between the A.A. groups and its members.

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.


// 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 // A.A. should remain forever non-professional, 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 // A.A. 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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