The Twelve Traditions Of Alcoholics Anonymous

These traditions were written by the founders and early members of AA and accepted by the International Convention of AA in Cleveland, Ohio in 1950. They are a set of attitudes and principles that have been found to be valuable to ensuring the informal nature of the Fellowship of AA survives.

Great suffering and great love are A.A.’s disciplinarians; we have no others.

Bill W. at A.A.’s 20th anniversary celebration at the St. Louis Convention in 1955 from “Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age p.120”

This is the short form of the twelve 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 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, declinig outside contributions.
8. Alcoholics Anonymous 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. 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 priciples before personalities.

Reprinted with permission of AA World Services, Inc.

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