Al‑Anon’s Twelve Traditions
These guidelines are the means of promoting
harmony and growth in Al‑Anon groups and in the
world-wide fellowship of Al‑Anon as a whole. Our group
experience suggests that our unity depends upon our adherence
to these Traditions.
||Our common welfare should come
first; personal progress for the greatest number depends
||For our group purpose there is but one
authority—a loving God as He may express Himself
in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted
servants—they do not govern.
||The relatives of alcoholics, when
gathered together for mutual aid, may call themselves an
Al‑Anon Family Group, provided that, as a group,
they have no other affiliation. The only requirement for
membership is that there be a problem of alcoholism in a
relative or friend.
||Each group should be autonomous, except
in matters affecting another group or Al‑Anon or
AA as a whole.
||Each Al‑Anon Family Group has but
one purpose: to help families of alcoholics. We do this
by practicing the Twelve Steps of AA ourselves,
by encouraging and understanding our alcoholic
relatives, and by welcoming and giving comfort to
families of alcoholics.
||Our Family Groups ought never endorse,
finance or lend our name to any outside enterprise, lest
problems of money, property and prestige divert us from
our primary spiritual aim. Although a separate entity,
we should always co-operate with Alcoholics Anonymous.
||Every group ought to be fully
self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
||Al‑Anon Twelfth Step work should
remain forever non-professional, but our service centers
may employ special workers.
||Our groups, as such, ought never be
organized; but we may create service boards or
committees directly responsible to those they serve.
||The Al‑Anon Family Groups have no
opinion on outside issues; hence our name ought never be
drawn into public controversy.
||Our public relations policy is based on
attraction rather than promotion; we need always
maintain personal anonymity at the level of press,
radio, films and TV. We need guard with special care the
anonymity of all AA members.
||Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of
all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place
principles above personalities.
Al‑Anon’s Twelve Traditions,
copyright 1996 by Al‑Anon Family Group Headquarters,
Inc. Reprinted with permission of Al‑Anon Family Group
Updated April 1, 2016
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