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The AA Traditions

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These traditions were accepted and endorsed at the International Convention of A.A., at Cleveland, Ohio, in 1950.

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.  They Do Not Govern.

3)     The only requirement for A.A. 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, declining outside contributions.

8)     Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, 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 principles before personalities.

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Definition of an Old-timer

Has applied the principles to own life.

Guides others to do the same.

Lives life, not AA

Always ready to listen.

Slow to respond.

Allows self and others to make mistakes.

Laughs, and laughs a lot.

Compassionate to the newcomer.

Drinks a lot of coffee.

Makes a lot of coffee.

 

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    Disclaimer: This site is NOT endorsed nor sponsored by Alcoholics Anonymous or any group and is not intended to offer specific advice to persons in recovery or contemplating recovery. This site DOES, however, attempt to follow the 12 Traditions of AA. Contact your local Alcoholics Anonymous Intergroup Office for direct info on AA, for info on meetings in your area, and if you'd like to speak with someone regarding alcoholism. This site is produced in the spirit of AA's Twelfth Step - to carry the message. When reading the experience, strength and hope on this site, we remind you that AA's "public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, and films."