12 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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