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
3. The only requirement for membership is the desire to
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
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
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.