The Traditions show us how to love each other. The principles that work for the AA groups also apply to our relationship with God, our families, friends, and those with whom we work. It is by practicing the principles of the traditions that we carry our the steps in the world.
We live in the solution, not the problem. We are united to one another in love. The natural expression of love is service, and when we love, we want to serve. The Twelve Concepts are the service Principles that carry out the promises of love contained in the traditions.
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- Tradition 1
Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity.
- Tradition 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.
- Tradition 3
The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.
- Tradition 4
Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole.
- Tradition 5
Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
- Tradition 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.
- Tradition 7
Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
- Tradition 8
Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
- Tradition 9
A.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
- Tradition 10
Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
- Tradition 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.
- Tradition 12
Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.