From the August 2014 magazine.

Pay Them, Not Me

Doing service is one thing, working an eight-hour job is another

TRADITION EIGHT: Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.

Going on Twelfth Step calls, chairing meetings, sharing my story, doing H&I service, working on special committees for AA events, and doing general service for my home group are all types of service work, but they do not by any means qualify as paying positions. However, AA does hire people to perform certain tasks.

While I do work a full-time job and have a life, the truth is that the time I give to Alcoholics Anonymous is an...

-- Jennifer M.

Mobile, Alabama