Twelve Traditions

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Lending the AA Name? (by K. K.)
Is it AA? Many people feel they need not ask. The distinction between what is AA and what is not is obvious, isn't it? Not necessarily so. Let's...
Censored (by R. T.)
First of all, I speak as a grateful member of Alcoholics Anonymous. I owe everything in my life today to the recovery given to me in our program. I...
An Open Door (by Elizabeth E.)
One thing puzzles me," remarked Josh, our group's six-weeks-sober member, responding to the leader's request for a discussion topic. "Well, a lot of...
Together We Can (by S. R.)
Two months after I picked up my four-year chip, I decided I was tired of meetings and resentful that I had a disease that required meetings. I...
Where and When (by H. S.)
Recently, while on an extended tour of South America, I had an experience with extreme loneliness. A simple little gimmick brought me out of it. I...
My Sponsor's Favorite Word (by Sandy M.)
Being self-centered in the extreme, I noticed that "our common welfare" in the First Tradition includes me. My welfare is a part of our welfare. The...
Second Tradition: Out of the Hat (by Angela D.)
During the first year I was sober in AA, about a half dozen regular members abandoned my home group over a dispute about the group conscience. The...
That Old Sinking Feeling (by Ed F.)
I guess all alcoholics are familiar with it: that sudden sinking feeling in the pit of the stomach, a sense of apprehension, an inner voice of...
Fresh Squeezed Sobriety (by Corinne H.)
One woman's journey to Alcoholics Anonymous began like this: The telephone call was made to the AA phone number and two lovely, clean, sane, sober...
Autonomy--Not Self-will (by Richard B.)
A political science professor at the University of Missouri once said, "The reason that the Constitution of the United States has been so successful...