The Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous
- Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon
- 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 matters 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 ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside
- Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our
service centers may employ special workers.
- A.A., as such, ought never 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 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, and
- Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us
to place principles before personalities.
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