TWELVE TRADITIONS

  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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