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December 1952

Tradition Eight

The eighth of a new series of articles explaining The Twelve Traditions. . . <lb"ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS SHOULD REMAIN FOREVER NON-PROFESSlONAL, BUT OUR SERVICE CENTERS MAY EMPLOY SPECIAL WORKERS".

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS will never have a professional class. We have gained some understanding of the ancient words, "Freely ye have received, freely give." We have discovered that at the point of professionalism, money and spirituality do not mix. Almost no recovery from alcoholism has ever been brought about by the world's best professionals, whether medical or religious. We do not decry professionalism in other fields, but we accept the sober fact that it does not work for us. Every time we have tried to professionalize our Twelfth Step, the result has been exactly the same: our single purpose has always been defeated.

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