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November 1952

Tradition Seven

The seventh of a new series of articles explaining The Twelve Traditions. . . <lb<emphasis type="italic">"EVERY AA GROUP OUGHT TO BE FULLY SELF-SUPPORTING, DECLINING OUTSIDE CONTRIBUTIONS."</emphasis>

Self-supporting alcoholics? Who ever heard of such a thing?! Yet we find that's what we have to be. This principle is telling evidence of the profound change that AA has wrought in all of us. Everybody knows that active alcoholics scream that they have no troubles money can't cure. Always, we've had our hands out. Time out of mind we've been dependent upon somebody, usually money-wise. When a society composed entirely of alcoholics says it's going to pay its bills, that's really news.

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