The Twelve Steps

1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood him.
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood him, praying only for knowledge of his will for us and the power to carry that out.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

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The Twelve Traditions

1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon AA unity.
2. For our group purpose there is but 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.
3. The only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking.
4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or AA as a whole.
5. Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
6. An AA group ought never endorse, finance or lend the AA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
7. Every AA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
8. Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
9. AA, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
10. Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the AA name ought never to be drawn into public controversy.
11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films.
12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

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The Twelve Concepts

The 12 Concepts for World Service provide the framework within which AA as a world-wide organization functions.  For a detailed
explanation on how they operate, obtain a copy of the AA book, The A.A. Service Manual combined with Twelve Concepts for World Service
by Bill W., 2000-2001edition.

1. Final responsibility and ultimate authority for A.A. world services should always reside in the 
collective conscience of our whole Fellowship.
2. The General Service Conference of A.A. has become, for nearly every practical purpose,  
the active voice and the effective conscience of our whole Society
in its world affairs.
3. To insure effective leadership, we should endow each element of A.A.--the Conference, 
the General Service Board and its service corporations, staffs,
and executive-- with a traditional "Right of Decision"
4. At all responsible levels, we ought to maintain a traditional "Right of Participation," allowing 
a voting representation in reasonable proportion to
the responsibility that each must discharge.
5. Throughout our structure, a traditional "Right of Appeal" ought to prevail,  
so that minority opinion will be heard and personal grievances receive care
ful consideration.
6. The Conference recognizes that the chief initiative and active responsibility in 
most world service matters should be exercised by the trustee members of
the Conference 
acting as the General Service Board.
7.  The Charter and Bylaws of the General Service Board are legal instruments,  
empowering the trustees to manage and conduct world service affairs.  The
Conference Charter is 
not a legal document; it relies upon tradition and the
A.A. purse for final effectiveness.
8.  The trustees are the principal planners and administrators of overall policy and finance. 
They have custodial oversight of the separately incorporated and constantly active services, exercising 
this through their ability to elect all
the directors of these entities.
9.  Good service leadership at all levels is indispensable for our future functioning and safety. 
Primary world service leadership, once exercised by the
must necessarily be assumed by the trustees.
10. Every service responsibility should be matched by an equal service authority,  
with the scope of such authority well defined.
11. The trustees should always have the best possible committees, corporate service directors, executives, 
staffs, and consultants. Composition, qualifications, induction procedures, and rights and duties 
will always be matters of serious concern.
12.  The Conference shall observe the spirit of A.A. tradition, taking care that it never becomes the seat of perilous wealth or power; that sufficient operating funds and reserve be its prudent financial principle; that it place none of its members in a position of unqualified authority over others; that it reach all important decisions by discussion, vote, and, whenever possible, by substantial unanimity; that its actions never be personally punitive nor an incitement to public controversy; that it never perform acts of government, and that, like the Society it serves, it will always remain democratic in thought and action.

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Reprinted from The AA Service Manual Combined With Twelve Concepts for World Service, 2000-2001 edition, 
with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.

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