12 Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous: Explained

12 Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous: Explained

Even those who aren’t intimately familiar with 12 step recovery programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) probably know something about the 12 Steps. These simple suggestions were designed as a way of helping us cope with life in...
Embracing the Eighth Tradition

Embracing the Eighth Tradition

“Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.” Unlike the previous seven traditions, this is the first one that focuses on service centers rather than the groups themselves. Furthermore, it’s the only...
Embracing the Seventh Tradition

Embracing the Seventh Tradition

“Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.”   Tradition Seven might seem a bit strange at first. In the addiction recovery space, we talk a lot about the importance of asking for help, however, the Seventh Tradition is...
Breaking Down the AA Preamble

Breaking Down the AA Preamble

  Every meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous begins with a moment of silence followed by the Serenity Prayer. After this is concluded, most meetings will begin a series of readings, the first of which is the AA Preamble. To newcomers who are not familiar with it, the...
Answering Questions for the Newcomers

Answering Questions for the Newcomers

Each and every one of us was a newcomer to recovery at one point or another. Some people have a tendency to forget this when they have been sober for a while. In our eyes, this is likely at least one of the reasons you see so many people who seem to be just fine, only...

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