12 Traditions

12 Traditions For Each Major 12 Step Program

Also see: 12 Steps

What are the 12 Traditions?

While we know that each of the major 12 step programs is based on a 12 step structure, each program also has 12 traditions. The 12 traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous, which is where the 12 traditions of other programs come from, are in place to ensure that there are rules on how to handle internal disagreements and disputes as well as how to behave when interacting with the general public.

A lot of what would eventually become the 12 traditions was mentioned in the forward of the AA Big Book in 1939. Though, the official version of the 12 traditions wasn’t published until 1946 in the AA Grapevine. They were originally called the Twelve Points to Assure Our Future. They were officially adopted at AA’s International Convention held in 1950.

Here are the 12 traditions of each of the major 12 step programs:

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Short Form (most common at AA meetings)

  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. Our leaders are but trusted servants; 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.

Long Form

Our A.A. experience has taught us that:

  1. 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 close afterward.
  2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority—a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience.
  3. 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 for sobriety may call themselves an A.A. group, provided that, as a group, they have no other affiliation.
  4. 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 groups ought to be consulted. And no group, regional committee, or individual should ever take any action that might greatly affect A.A. as a whole without conferring with the trustees of the General Service Board. On such issues our common welfare is paramount.
  5. 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.
  6. Problems of money, property, and authority may easily divert us from our primary spiritual aim. We think, therefore, that any considerable property of genuine use to A.A. should be separately incorporated and managed, thus dividing the material from the spiritual. An A.A. group, as such, should never go into business. Secondary aids to A.A., such as clubs or hospitals which require much property or administration, ought to be incorporated and so set apart that, if necessary, they can be freely discarded by the groups. Hence such facilities ought not to use the A.A. name. Their management should be the sole responsibility of those people who financially support them. For clubs, A.A. managers are usually preferred. But hospitals, as well as other places of recuperation, ought to be well outside A.A.—and medically supervised. While an A.A. group may cooperate with anyone, such cooperation ought never go so far as affiliation or endorsement, actual or implied. An A.A. group can bind itself to no one.
  7. The A.A. groups themselves ought to be fully 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 Alcoholics Anonymous is highly dangerous, whether by groups, clubs, hospitals, or other outside agencies; that acceptance of large gifts from any source, or of contributions carrying any obligation whatever, is unwise. Then too, we view with much concern those A.A. treasuries which continue, beyond prudent reserves, to accumulate funds for no stated A.A. purpose. Experience has often warned us that nothing can so surely destroy our spiritual heritage as futile disputes over property, money, and authority.
  8. Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever non-professional. 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 we may otherwise have to engage nonalcoholics. Such special services may be well recompensed. But our usual A.A. “12 Step” work is never to be paid for.
  9. Each A.A. group needs the least possible organization. Rotating leadership is the best. The small group may elect its secretary, the large group its rotating committee, and the groups of a large metropolitan area their central or intergroup committee, which often employs a full-time secretary. The trustees of the General Service Board are, in effect, our A.A. General Service Committee. They are the custodians of our A.A. Tradition and the receivers of voluntary A.A. contributions by which we maintain our A.A. General Service Office at New York. They are authorized by the groups to handle our over-all public relations and they guarantee the integrity of our principal newspaper, the A.A. Grapevine. All such representatives are to be guided in the spirit of service, for true leaders in A.A. are but trusted and experienced servants of the whole. They derive no real authority from their titles; they do not govern. Universal respect is the key to their usefulness.
  10. 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, or sectarian religion. The Alcoholics Anonymous groups oppose no one. Concerning such matters they can express no views whatever.
  11. Our relations with the general public should be characterized by personal anonymity. We think A.A. ought to avoid sensational advertising. Our names and pictures as A.A. members ought not be broadcast, filmed, or publicly printed. Our public relations should be guided by the principle of attraction rather than promotion. There is never need to praise ourselves. We feel it better to let our friends recommend us.
  12. 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 actually to practice a genuine humility. This to the end that our great blessings may never spoil us; that we shall forever live in thankful contemplation of Him who presides over us all.

Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA or ACOA)

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends on ACA unity.
  2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority – a loving God as expressed in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants, they do not govern.
  3. The only requirement for membership in ACA is a desire to recover from the effects of growing up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional family.
  4. Each group is autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or ACA as a whole. We cooperate with all other Twelve-Step programs.
  5. Each group has but one primary purpose – to carry its message to the adult child who still suffers.
  6. An ACA group ought never endorse, finance or lend the ACA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. Every ACA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Adult Children of Alcoholics should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. ACA, as such, ought never be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. Adult Children of Alcoholics has no opinion on outside issues; hence the ACA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
  11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, TV, films, and other public media.
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

Al-Anon/Alateen

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal progress for the greatest number depends upon unity.
  2. For our group purpose there is but one 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 relatives of alcoholics, when gathered together for mutual aid, may call themselves an Al-Anon Family Group, provided that, as a group, they have no other affiliation. The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of alcoholism in a relative or friend.
  4. Each group should be autonomous, except in matters affecting another group or Al-Anon or AA as a whole.
  5. Each Al-Anon Family Group has but one purpose: to help families of alcoholics. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps of AA ourselves, by encouraging and understanding our alcoholic relatives, and by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics.
  6. Our Family Groups ought never endorse, finance or lend our name to any outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary spiritual aim. Although a separate entity, we should always co-operate with Alcoholics Anonymous.
  7. Every group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Al-Anon Twelfth Step work should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. Our groups, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. The Al-Anon Family Groups have no opinion on outside issues; hence our 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, films, and TV. We need guard with special care the anonymity of all AA members.
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles above personalities.

Cocaine Anonymous (CA)

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon C.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. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
  3. The only requirement for C.A. membership is a desire to stop using cocaine and all other mind-altering substances.
  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or C.A. as a whole.
  5. Each group has but one primary purpose — to carry its message to the addict who still suffers.
  6. A C.A. group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the C.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. Every C.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Cocaine Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. C.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. Cocaine Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the C.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, television and films.
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

Clutterers Anonymous (CLA)

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon CLA℠ unity.
  2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority—a loving God as expressed through our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
  3. The only requirement for CLA membership is a desire to stop cluttering.
  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or CLA as a whole.
  5. Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry its message to the person who still suffers.
  6. A CLA group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the Clutterers Anonymous℠ name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, or prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. Every CLA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Clutterers Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. Clutterers Anonymous, as such, ought never be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. CLA has no opinion on outside issues; hence the Clutterers Anonymous 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, films, television, and all other media.
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA)

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon CMA unity.
  2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority a loving God as expressed in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
  3. The only requirement for CMA membership is a desire to stop using.
  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or CMA as a whole.
  5. Each group has but one primary purpose to carry its message to the addict who still suffers.
  6. A CMA group ought never endorse, finance or lend the CMA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. Every CMA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Crystal Meth Anonymous should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. CMA, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. Crystal Meth Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the CMA 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, television, films and other public media.
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

Co-Anon

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends on Co-Anon 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 no govern.
  3. The only requirement for membership is that there is a problem with cocaine and all other mind-altering substances in a relative or friend. The relatives and friends of such, when gathered together for mutual help, may call themselves a Co-Anon Family Group, provided that, as a group, they have no other affiliation.
  4. Each group should be autonomous, except in matters affecting another group, Co-Anon Family Groups or Cocaine Anonymous as a whole.
  5. Each Co-Anon Family Group has but one purpose: to help the family of addicts. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps of Cocaine Anonymous ourselves, by understanding addiction, and by carrying the message of hope and personal recovery to the family and friends of someone addicted to cocaine or other mind-altering substances.
  6. Our Co-Anon Family Groups ought never endorse, finance or lend our name to any outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose. Although a separate entity, we should always cooperate with Cocaine Anonymous.
  7. Every group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Co-Anon Family Groups should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. Co-Anon Family Groups, as such, ought never be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. The Co-Anon Family Groups have no opinions on outside issues: hence our 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, TV and films. We need to guard with special care the anonymity of all Cocaine Anonymous members.
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles above personalities.

Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA)

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon CoDA unity.
  2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority — a loving higher power as expressed to our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
  3. The only requirement for membership in CoDA is a desire for healthy and loving relationships.
  4. Each group should remain autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or CoDA as a whole.
  5. Each group has but one primary purpose — to carry its message to other codependents who still suffer.
  6. A CoDA group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the CoDA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary spiritual aim.
  7. A CoDA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Co-Dependents Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. CoDA, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. CoDA has no opinion on outside issues; hence the CoDA 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.

CoSex and Love Addicts Anonymous (COSLAA)

  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 this Power may be expressed through our group conscience.
  3. The only requirement for COSLAA membership is a desire to stop living our a pattern of co(dependency)-sex and love addiction. The relatives, friends, and significant others, when gathered together for mutual aid, may call themselves a COSLAA group, provided that as a group they have no other affiliation.
  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting another group, or COSLAA or SLAA as a whole.
  5. Each group has but one primary purpose-to help families, friends, and significant others of sex and love addicts. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps of COSLAA ourselves and by welcoming and giving comfort to the relatives, friends, and significant others of sex and love addicts.
  6. A COSLAA group or COSLAA as a whole ought never endorse, finance, or lend the COSLAA name or SLAA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, or prestige divert us from our primary purpose. Although a separate entity, we should strive to cooperate with SLAA.
  7. Every COSLAA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. COSLAA should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. COSLAA as such ought never to be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. COSLAA has no opinion on outside issues; hence the COSLAA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
  11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than on promotion. We need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, TV, film and other public media.
    We need guard with special care the anonymity of all fellow COSLAA members.
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

Debtors Anonymous (DA)

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon D.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. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
  3. The only requirement for D.A. membership is a desire to stop incurring unsecured debt.
  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or D.A. as a whole.
  5. Each group has but one primary purpose–to carry its message to the debtor who still suffers.
  6. A D.A. group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the D.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. Every D.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Debtors Anonymous should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. D.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. Debtors Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the D.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.

Emotions Anonymous (EA)

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends on EA 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 EA membership is a desire to become well emotionally.
  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or EA as a whole.
  5. Each group has but one primary purpose: to carry its message to the person who still suffers from emotional problems.
  6. An EA group ought never endorse, finance or lend the EA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. Every EA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Emotions Anonymous should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. EA, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. Emotions Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence, the EA 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 our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

Families Anonymous (FA)

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal progress for the greatest number depends on unity.
  2. For our group purposes there is but one authority—a loving God, as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
  3. Individuals concerned with another’s abuse of drugs or related problems of living, when gathered together for mutual aid, may call themselves a Families Anonymous group, provided that, as a group, they have no other affiliation. The only requirement for membership is a concern about the use of mindaltering substances or related behavioral problems of a relative or friend.
  4. Each group should be autonomous, except in matters affecting other groups or FA as a whole.
  5. Each group has but one primary purpose: to help those concerned with someone who may have a problem of drug abuse or dependence. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps of this program, by encouraging and understanding those affected by this illness, and by welcoming and giving comfort to the families and friends of individuals with a current, suspected, or former drug problem.
  6. Our family groups ought never endorse, finance, or lend our name to any outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. Every group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Families Anonymous Twelfth Step work should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. Our groups, as such, ought never be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to the groups they serve.
  10. Families Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence our 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, films, TV, and any other public or private media. We need guard with special care the anonymity of our members as well as those of other recovery programs.
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles above personalities.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA)

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends on FA 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 FA membership is a desire to stop eating addictively.
  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or FA as a whole.
  5. Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry its message to the food addict who still suffers.
  6. An FA group ought never endorse, finance or lend the FA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. Every FA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. FA, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues, hence the FA 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.

Food Addicts Anonymous (FAA)

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon FAA unity.
  2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority – a loving God as God is expressed in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
  3. The only requirement for FAA membership is a desire to stop eating addictive foods.
  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or FAA as a whole.
  5. Each group has but one primary purpose-to carry its message to the food addict who still suffers.
  6. An FAA group ought never endorse, finance or lend the FAA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, or prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. Every FAA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Food Addicts Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. FAA, as such, ought never be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. Food Addicts Anonymous has no opinions on outside issues; hence the FAA 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.

Gamblers Anonymous (GA Unity Program)

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon group unity.
  2. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
  3. The only requirement for Gamblers Anonymous membership is a desire to stop gambling.
  4. Each group should be self-governing except in matters affecting other groups or Gamblers Anonymous as a whole.
  5. Gamblers Anonymous has but one primary purpose – to carry its message to the compulsive gambler who still suffers.
  6. Gamblers Anonymous ought never endorse, finance or lend the Gamblers Anonymous name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. Every Gamblers Anonymous Group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Gamblers Anonymous should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. Gamblers Anonymous, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. Gamblers Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the Gamblers Anonymous 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, films, television and Internet.
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of the Gamblers Anonymous program, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

Gam-Anon (12 steps of unity)

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal serenity depends upon Gam-Anon Unity.
  2. Our leaders are but Trusted Servants; they do not govern.
  3. The only requirement for Gam-Anon membership is that your life has been affected by someone who has a gambling problem.
  4. Each group should be self-governing except in matters affecting other groups or Gam-Anon as whole.
  5. Gam-Anon has but one primary purpose; to carry its message to the family of the compulsive gambler.
  6. Gam-Anon should never endorse, finance, or lend the Gam-Anon name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. Every Gam-Anon group should be self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Gam-Anon should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. Gam-Anon as such should never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. Gam-Anon has no opinion on outside issues; hence, the Gam-Anon name should never be drawn into controversy.
  11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction, rather than promotion; but we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, films, television, internet, etc.
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of the Gam-Anon program, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

Heroin Anonymous (HA)

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon H.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. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
  3. The only requirement for H.A. membership is a desire to stop suffering from heroin addiction.
  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or H.A. as a whole.
  5. Each group has but one primary purpose – to carry its message to the heroin addict who still suffers.
  6. A H.A. group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the H.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. Every H.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Heroin Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. H.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. Heroin Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the H.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.

Marijuana Anonymous (MA)

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon MA unity.
  2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority, a loving God whose expression may come through in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
  3. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using marijuana.
  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or MA as a whole.
  5. Each group has but one primary purpose, to carry its message to the marijuana addict who still suffers.
  6. MA groups ought never endorse, finance, or lend the MA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. Every MA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Marijuana Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. MA, as such, ought never be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. Marijuana Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the MA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
  11. Our public relations policy is based upon attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, TV, film, and other public media. We need guard with special care the anonymity of all fellow MA members.
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends on NA 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 a desire to stop using.
  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or NA as a whole.
  5. Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry the message to the addict who still suffers.
  6. An NA group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the NA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, or prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. Every NA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Narcotics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. NA, as such, ought never be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. Narcotics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the NA 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.

Nar-Anon

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal progress for the greatest number depends on unity.
  2. For our group purposes there is but one 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 relatives of addicts, when gathered for mutual aid, may call themselves a Nar-Anon Family Group, provided that as a group, they have no other affiliation. The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of addiction in a relative or friend.
  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other Nar-Anon Family Groups, or NA as a whole.
  5. Each Nar-Anon Family Group has but one purpose; to help families of addicts. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps of Nar-Anon, by encouraging and understanding our addicted relatives, and by welcoming and giving comfort to families of addicts.
  6. Our Family Groups ought never to endorse, finance or lend our name to any outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary spiritual aim; but although a separate entity, we should always cooperate with Narcotics Anonymous.
  7. Every group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Nar-Anon Twelfth Step work 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. The Nar-Anon Family Groups have no opinion on outside issues; hence our 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, films, internet and other forms of mass media. We need guard with special care the anonymity of all NA members.
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles above personalities.

Nicotine Anonymous (NicA)

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon Nicotine Anonymous 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 Nicotine Anonymous membership is a desire to stop using nicotine.
  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or Nicotine Anonymous as a whole.
  5. Each group has but one primary purpose – to carry its message to the nicotine addict who still suffers.
  6. A Nicotine Anonymous group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the Nicotine Anonymous name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. Every Nicotine Anonymous group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Nicotine Anonymous should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers. 
  9. Nicotine Anonymous, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. Nicotine Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the Nicotine Anonymous 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, TV, and films.
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

Overeaters Anonymous (OA)

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon OA 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 OA membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively.
  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or OA as a whole.
  5. Each group has but one primary purpose — to carry its message to the compulsive overeater who still suffers.
  6. An OA group ought never endorse, finance or lend the OA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. Every OA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Overeaters Anonymous should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. OA, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. Overeaters Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the OA 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, films, television and other public media of communication.
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all these Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

Pills Anonymous (PA)

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon P.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. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
  3. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using pills.
  4. Each group should be autonomous, except in matters affecting other groups or P.A. as a whole.
  5. Each group has but one primary purpose — to carry its message to the addict who still suffers.
  6. A P.A. group ought never endorse, finance or lend the P.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property or prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. Every P.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Pills Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. P.A., as such, ought never be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. Pills Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the P.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, television and films.
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

Sexaholics Anonymous (SA)

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends on SA 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 a desire to stop lusting and become sexually sober.
  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or Sexaholics Anonymous as a whole.
  5. Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry its message to the sexaholic who still suffers.
  6. An SA group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the SA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. Every SA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Sexaholics Anonymous should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. SA, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. Sexaholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the SA 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, films, and TV.
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA)

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon SAA unity.
  2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority — a loving God as expressed in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
  3. The only requirement for SAA membership is a desire to stop addictive sexual behavior.
  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or SAA as a whole.
  5. Each group has but one primary purpose — to carry its message to the sex addict who still suffers.
  6. An SAA group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the SAA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. Every SAA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Sex Addicts Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. SAA, as such, ought never be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. Sex Addicts Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the SAA 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, TV, and films.
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

Sexual Compulsives Anonymous (SCA)

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon SCA unity
  2. For our group purpose there is but one authority — a loving God as may be expressed in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
  3. The only requirement for SCA membership is a desire to stop having compulsive sex.
  4. Each group should be autonomous, except in matters affecting other groups or SCA as a whole.
  5. Each group has but one primary purpose — to carry its message to the sexual compulsive who still suffers.
  6. An SCA group ought never endorse, finance or lend the SCA name to any outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. Every SCA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Sexual Compulsives Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. SCA, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. SCA has no opinion on outside issues; hence the SCA 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, television and films.
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

Survivors of Incest Anonymous (SIA)

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal progress for the greatest number depends upon unity.
  2. For our group purpose there is but one authority: a loving Higher Power, as this one may express her/himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
  3. The only requirement for membership is that you are a victim of childhood sexual abuse, that you desire to recover from it, and that you have not abused any child as an adult.
  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting another group or SlA as a whole.
  5. Each SIA group has but one primary purpose: to carry its message to the survivor of childhood sexual abuse who still suffers.
  6. An SIA group ought never to endorse, finance, or lend the SIA name to any outside enterprise lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary objective.
  7. SIA strives to be fully self-supporting and will not accept contributions that compromise SIA’s autonomy or mission.
  8. Survivors of Incest Anonymous Twelve Step work should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. Survivors of Incest Anonymous groups, as such, ought never be organized, but they may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. Survivors of Incest Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence, the SIA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
  11. SIA public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, films and television.
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA)

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon S.L.A.A. unity.
  2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority — a loving God as this Power may be expressed through our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
  3. The only requirement for S.L.A.A. membership is a desire to stop living out a pattern of sex and love addiction. Any two or more persons gathered together for mutual aid in recovering from sex and love addiction may call themselves an S.L.A.A. group, provided that as a group they have no other affiliation.
  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or S.L.A.A. as a whole.
  5. Each group has but one primary purpose — to carry its message to the sex and love addict who still suffers.
  6. An S.L.A.A. group or S.L.A.A. as a whole ought never endorse, finance, or lend the S.L.A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, or prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. Every S.L.A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. S.L.A.A. should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. S.L.A.A. as such ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. S.L.A.A. has no opinion on outside issues; hence the S.L.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, TV, film, and other public media. We need guard with special care the anonymity of all fellow S.L.A.A. members.
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

Sexual Recovery Anonymous (SRA)

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon SRA unity.
  2. For our purpose there is but one ultimate authority—a loving God as God may be expressed in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
  3. The only requirement for SRA membership is a desire to stop compulsive sexual behavior.
  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or SRA as a whole.
  5. Each group has but one primary purpose–to carry its message to those still suffering.
  6. An SRA group ought never endorse, finance or lend the SRA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. Every SRA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. SRA should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. SRA, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. SRA has no opinion on outside issues; hence the SRA 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, TV and films.
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

Underearners Anonymous (UA)

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon UA unity.
  2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority — a loving God as is expressed in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants, they do not govern.
  3. The only requirement for UA membership is a desire to stop underearning
  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or UA as a whole.
  5. Each group has but one primary purpose — to carry the message to the underearner who still suffers.
  6. A UA group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the UA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, or prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. Every UA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Underearners Anonymous should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. UA, as such, ought never be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. Underearners Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the UA 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.

Workaholics Anonymous (WA)

  1. Our common welfare should come first: personal recovery depends upon WA unity.
  2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority — a loving God as expressed in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
  3. The only requirement for W.A. membership is a desire to stop working compulsively.
  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or W.A. as a whole.
  5. Each group has but one primary purpose — to carry its message to the workaholic who still suffers.
  6. A Workaholics Anonymous group ought never endorse, finance or lend the W.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. Every W.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Workaholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. W.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. Workaholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the W.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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