From the August 2010 magazine.


FOR years I was confused about Tradition Eight. My first introduction to AA came in a treatment center, where the counselors were AA members who attended meetings with patients and even sponsored some patients (including me). I stayed sober only a year that first time, and later wondered if Tradition Eight had been an issue at all in that situation.

Fast-forward about 15 years, into the 21st century. I am sober now, and a member of a home group that studies the Traditions once a week. What little I knew about Tradition Eight before had come from Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions,...

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Lynnwood, Wash.