|12 Traditions of AA
||A spiral Steps Group has one primary purpose; to provide a safe and supportive place for those who wish to focus on our own health and healing.FOCUS: PURPOSE
||Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends on AA unity.
||For our group purpose, there is but on authority – a Loving Spirit as expressed in our group conscious.FOCUS: GROUP CONSCIENCE
||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 only requirements for membership are respect for the ethics embodied in Earth Wise Spirituality and a sincere desire for health and healing.FOCUS: ACCEPTANCE
||The only requirement for AA membership is the desire to stop drinking.
||We affirm that these are non-cross talk meetings. This means that we share our experience, strength and hop and that we use “I message” when we share. It is not necessary that w agree with each member’s opinion because we “take what we need and leave the rest”.FOCUS: RESPECT
||Each group should be autonomous except in matters that affect other groups or AA as a whole.
||We each pledge to honor our own boundaries and to respect the boundaries of the other people in this group. In this way we honor our need for community and protect our rights as individuals.FOCUS: COMMUNITY
||Each group has but one primary purpose – to carry the message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
||A Spiral Steps Group out never to let personal, social or political issues divert us from our primary purpose.FOCUS: TOLERANCE
||An AA group is never to endorse, finance or lend the AA name to any related facility or outside enterprise lest problems of money, property or prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
||We honestly acknowledge the problems in our lives in order to grow and heal. At the same time, we keep our primary focus on the solutions.FOCUS: EMPOWERMENT
||Every AA group out to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
||We respect the right of each member to seek outside sources of healing for their body, mind and spirit. This includes nutritional counseling, individual therapy, medical care and the various alternative forms of healing available to us.FOCUS: HEALING
||Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever non-professional but our Service Centers may employ special workers.
||Each Spiral Steps Group is to be fully self-supporting. Group members take turns leading the weekly meetings. As leaders we act as trusted servants, we do not govern.FOCUS: ORGANIZATION
||AA, as such, ought never to be organized but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
||Spiral Steps has no opinion on other issues, Paths or Traditions. Hence our group ought never be drawn into public controversy.FOCUS: NEUTRALITY
||Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the AA name ought never to be drawn into public controversy.
||Anonymity builds the trust that serves as our group’s foundation. What we hear here, let it stay here.FOCUS: ANONYMITY
||Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather then promotion, we need always to maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films.
||We agree to place “Principals before Personalities” in all of our dealings with one another.FOCUS: ETHICS
||Anonymity is the foundation of all of our traditions, ever reminding us to place principals before personalities.
||We respect the right of each individual to follow their chosen Spiritual Path; accepting that each person’s path is the right one for them.FOCUS: WISDOM