Category Archives: The Traditions We Practice

A.A. Tradition One

Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity. (“Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions“, Tradition One) Each member of Alcoholics Anonymous is but a small part of a great whole. A.A. must continue to live or most of us will surely die. Hence our common welfare comes first. But individual welfare follows […]

A.A. Tradition Two

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. (“Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions“, Tradition Two) For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority – a loving God as […]

A.A. Tradition Three

The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking. (“Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions“, Tradition Three) Our membership ought to include all who suffer from alcoholism. Hence we may refuse none who wish to recover. Nor ought A.A. membership ever depend upon money or conformity. Any two or three alcoholics gathered together […]

A.A. Tradition Four

Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole. (“Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions“, Tradition Four) With respect to its own affairs, each A.A. group should be responsible to no other authority than its own conscience.  But when its plans concern the welfare of neighboring groups also, those […]

A.A. Tradition Five

Each group has but one primary purpose – to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers. (“Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions“, Tradition Five) Each Alcoholics Anonymous group ought to be a spiritual entity having but one primary purpose – that of carrying its message to the alcoholic who still suffers. (long form) “At […]

A.A. Tradition Six

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. (“Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions“, Tradition Six) Problems of money, property, and authority may easily divert us from our primary spiritual aim. We […]

A.A. Tradition Seven

Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions. (“Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions“, Tradition Seven) The A.A. groups themselves ought to be fully self-supported by the voluntary contributions of their own members. We think that each group should soon achieve this ideal; that any public solicitation of funds using the name of […]

A.A. Tradition Eight

Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers. (“Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions“, Tradition Eight) Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional. We define professionalism as the occupation of counseling alcoholics for fees or hire. But we may employ alcoholics where they are going to perform those services for which […]

A.A. Tradition Nine

A.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve. (“Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions“, Tradition Nine) Each A.A. group needs the least possible organization. Rotating leadership is best. The small group may elect its secretary, the large group its rotating committee, and the […]

A.A. Tradition Ten

Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy. (“Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions“, Tradition Ten) No A.A. group or member should ever, in such a way as to implicate A.A., express any opinion on outside controversial issues – particularly those of politics, alcohol reform, […]

A.A. Tradition Eleven

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. (note: Television is simply the combination of radio and film.) (“Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions“, Tradition Eleven) Our relations with the general public should be characterized by personal anonymity. We […]

A.A. Tradition Twelve

Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities. (“Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions“, Tradition Twelve) And finally, we of Alcoholics Anonymous believe that the principle of anonymity has an immense spiritual significance. It reminds us that we are to place principles before personalities; that we are […]