Traditions that follow bind us together in unity. They guide the groups in their
relations with other groups, with AA and the outside world. They recommend group
attitudes toward leadership, membership, money, property, public relations, and
The Traditions evolved from the experience of AA
groups in trying to solve their problems of living and working together. Al-Anon
has adopted these group guidelines and over the years has found them sound and
wise. Although they are only suggestions, Al-Anon's unity and perhaps even its
survival are dependent on adherence to these principles.
- Our common welfare should come
first; personal progress for the greatest number depends upon
- 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
- 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 Al-Anon 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 cooperate 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, TV and
films. We need guard with special care the anonymity of all AA
- Anonymity is the spiritual
foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place
principles above personalities.
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