Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous 9-12

Tradition 9: AA as such, should never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.

AA should only be as organized as needed to get work done. No one governs anyone else or anything else. It is just people volunteering to do paper work or get literature out. No one is in authority. Respect and in the spirit of AA is what governs different groups.

Tradition 10: Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues. Hence the AA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.

AA has no opinion about any subjects such as politics or religion. They neither oppose or agree with any outside issues. They are strictly about helping people stay sober and carrying the message to other alcoholics who still suffer.

Tradition 11: Our public relation policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films.

Alcoholics Anonymous does not advertise, it is strictly word of mouth one alcoholic helping another one. You will not see commercials on TV or billboards with AA on them. You may see a small sign inside or outside a building claiming there is a group meeting there. It is to let someone who wants to attend that meeting know where it is.

Tradition 12: Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

AA believes that “anonymity has an immense spiritual significance”.We put principles before people and there different ideas. Being humble is of the utmost importance. Our sobriety is a blessing that we need to thank God for.

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