Twelve Traditions

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Who's Holding the Hooks? (by B. F. P.)
"How can I stay sober with that new local AA President throwing his weight around?" "I quit my regular AA group because of the position they've taken...
The Beauty of Tradition Ten (by Matt F.)
Sobriety in AA is the first thing in my life that has really worked. I'm grateful to fellow AAs who've shown me how not to drink on a daily basis,...
The Strength We Gained (by B. v. M.)
All members of our group agree that our Friday night Big Book Study Meeting is our lifeline. An old-time Big Book thumping meeting, it offers a clear...
You Call This Unity! (by Dorothy H.)
At a recent AA forum, I heard some distressing news. A member reported that some old-timers in his area are going "underground" because they don't...
Love in Action (by Anonymous)
Recently, our group's commitment to unity was tested by a real problem. A young man came to us with barely two weeks of sobriety. He had just been...
Benign Anarchy (by E. A. L.)
I never was much of one for authority, unless I had the opportunity to exercise my own. I resented the authority of state and federal governments, my...
Unlocking the Group Conscience (by Toni F.)
I have often heard it said that all you need to start a new AA group is a resentment and a coffeepot. Resentments had kept me drunk for many years,...
Responsibility and Membership (by Isabelle H.)
I am no historian of AA, but from what I have read, this Third Tradition has, throughout AA's fifty-seven-year-old history, caused more anguish, hand...
Defeating Denial (by A. J.)
When I started attending AA meetings, I introduced myself as an "addict," I hadn't had a drink in close to two years. After I had been in the program...
At the Expense of Others (by J. H.)
"I'm an alcoholic--and a drug addict." "I have to say this--for me." "I know this is a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous but. . ." I used to think I...