The Twelve Traditions



The Twelve Traditions

1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon the unity of The Recovery Group.
 
2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority - a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
 
3. The only requirement for membership in the Recovery Group is a desire to stop eating compulsively.
 
4. Each of our loops and meetings should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or the Recovery Group as a whole.
 
5. Each of our loops and meetings has but one primary purpose ... to carry its message to the compulsive eater who is still suffering.
 
6. The Recovery Group ought never endorse, finance or lend our name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
 
7. Every loop and meeting of our group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
 
8. The Recovery Group should remain forever nonprofessional.
 
9.
The Recovery Group, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
 
10. Our group has no opinion on outside issues; hence The Recovery Group name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
 
11.
Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films.
 
12.
Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.
 


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Adapted with permision from Alcoholics Anonymous, Inc.
The Twelve Traditions of AA were accepted and endorsed by the International membership in 1950.