From the June 2019 magazine.

I don't work here

While taking meetings into a hospital detox, a member finds it’s important to say that he’s just another drunk

TRADITION SIX: 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.

I was a little over a year sober when I began answering phones with my sponsor at our local intergroup. During one shift, he overheard a conversation in which I waxed poetic about the virtues of AA and then tried to help the caller with other problems. After the call, he calmly asked, “Have you ever read the Traditions in the ‘Twelve and Twelve’?”

-- John G.

New York, New York

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