12 Traditions


1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon 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 the desire to find healing.


4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or our common cause.


5. Each group has but one primary purpose, to carry its message to serve those in need.


6. Our group ought never endorse, finance, or lend our name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, prestige divert us from our primary purpose.


7. Our group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.


8. Our groups should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.


9. Our groups, as such, ought never to be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.


10. Our groups have no opinion on outside issues; hence our group name ought never to 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 principals before personalities.