From the March 1984 magazine.

Holding Fast to Our Primary Purpose

Tradition Six keeps AA on the right track--and out of trouble

WHEN I GOT sober some years ago in Tucson, Arizona, I was unable to understand the importance of the Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous to my sobriety. Since then, I've seen more people get glazed eyes when that topic is mentioned at a meeting than any other--with the possible exception of "the importance of service." These phrases are sometimes known as "room emptiers."

But as my own recovery process began, the Traditions took on a meaning that was special and personal--not, however, before I got a few knocks on the head!

-- F. P.

Spokane, Washington

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