guidelines are the means of promoting harmony and growth in Al-Anon groups
and in the worldwide fellowship of Al-Anon as a whole. Our group experience
suggests that our unity depends upon our adherence to these Traditions.
1. Our common welfare should come
first; personal progress for the greatest number depends upon unity.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Each group should be autonomous,
except in matters affecting another group or Al-Anon or AA as a whole.
5. 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
6. 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
7. Every group ought to be fully
self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
8. Al-Anon Twelfth Step work should
remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ
9. Our groups, as such, ought never
be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly
responsible to those they serve.
10. The Al-Anon Family Groups have
no opinion on outside issues; hence our name ought never be drawn into
11. 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.
12. Anonymity is the spiritual
foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles
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