From the November 1949 magazine.

The Individual

Do the 12 Traditions of AA have any special meaning for the individual? Are they important to you and to me, personally, or are they significant merely as they help us to make sound group decisions?

My own feeling is that they have personal as well as group meaning and that groups can apply them effectively only when the individual members understand them, accept them and believe in them. If a group rejects the experience offered in the Traditions, it is a threat to me personally because it weakens a part of the structure of AA, which helps keep me sober.

-- R.B.

Bedford, New York

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