AA Twelve Traditions
AA Twelve Traditions – Is an outline of how AA functions as a group – Our Primary purpose is to carry the AA message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
- Tradition 1
Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity
- Tradition 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.
- Tradition 3
The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.
- Tradition 4
Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole.
- Tradition 5
Each group has but one primary purpose – to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
- Tradition 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.
- Tradition 7
Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
- Tradition 8
Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
- Tradition 9
A.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
- Tradition 10
Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
- Tradition 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.
- Tradition 12
Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles above personalities.