The Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) are the guidelines that keep AA alive and working. Without them there is a good chance that AA would not have become the lifeline for those of us that believe it keeps us clean and sober.
Tradition One: Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends on AA Unity.
It is vital that all of us in Alcoholics Anonymous put each other and AA first. If we each walked through the doors of AA with our own agenda coming first it could become a mess of selfish people accomplishing nothing. We are told in AA to put our sobriety first before anything, that can still be done keeping our common welfare in mind.
Tradition Two: For our group purpose there is 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.
Without wanting to offend anyone AA talks about a Higher Power who some chose to call God. For people having a problem with the idea of God it is only important to believe that there is something greater than ourselves to look to for guidance. It is suggested that people make the group a higher power if they choose not to say God. There are no leaders in AA, there is a chairperson that gets the meeting going. He or she is chosen by the group itself and is not considered to have any kind of power over the group.
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