From the January 1982 magazine.

Carry This Message

Tradition 5 - Each group has but one primary purpose--to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers

SOMETHING I wanted above everything else when I first came to Alcoholics Anonymous was money. A small loan would have done, say a few thousand (a fair amount twenty years ago), acceptable in cash, check, or money order. I ran head-on into the Fifth Tradition.

Since the group's primary purpose did not agree with mine, our relationship did not last long. I got drunk.

-- W. H.

Manhattan, New York

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