Twelve Traditions

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Public Relations
Eleventh Tradition: Out public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level...
Tradition One (by BILL W.)
The magnificent unity of Alcoholics Anonymous is the most cherished quality our society has. Our lives, the lives of all to come, depend squarely...
Tradition Two (by BILL W.)
WHERE does AA get its direction? Who runs it? This too is a puzzler for every friend and newcomer. When told that our society has no president having...
Tradition Three (by BILL W.)
THIS tradition is packed with meaning. For AA is really saying to every serious drinker, "You are an AA member if you say so. You can declare...
Tradition Four (by Bill W.)
AUTONOMY is a ten-dollar word. But in relation to us, it means very simply that every AA group can manage its affairs exactly as it pleases, except...
Tradition Five (by Bill W.)
"SHOEMAKER, stick to thy last". . .better do one thing supremely well than many badly. That is the central theme of this tradition. Around it our...
Tradition Six (by Bill W.)
THE moment we saw that we had an answer for alcoholism, it was reasonable for us to feel we might have an answer for a lot of other things. The AA...
Tradition Seven (by Bill W.)
Self-supporting alcoholics? Who ever heard of such a thing?! Yet we find that's what we have to be. This principle is telling evidence of the...
Tradition Eight (by Bill W.)
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS will never have a professional class. We have gained some understanding of the ancient words, "Freely ye have received, freely...
Tradition Nine (by Bill W.)
WHEN Tradition Nine was first written, it said that "Alcoholics Anonymous needs the least possible organization." In years since then, we have...