From the June 1992 magazine.

Staying Out of the Swamp

Time and experience proved that a policy of "no endorsements" would keep AA's doors open to the greatest number of prospective members. There are "related facilities" that provide vital services to alcoholics--hospital wards, treatment facilities, drunk tanks, and clubs--but Tradition Six recommends that they should operate without endorsement, affiliation, or financial support from AA groups.

Individual AA members may privately endorse related facilities or outside enterprises, but no group of Alcoholics Anonymous ought to lend the AA name to any of these. Why? Because nothing should be allowed to divert us from our primary purpose of carrying a message of hope to the alcoholic who still suffers.

-- Anonymous

Omaha, Nebraska

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