When you or someone you love is struggling with a substance abuse disorder, it’s easy to feel alone in the fight. Fortunately, there are millions of members worldwide participating in various self-help groups using the 12-step program that band together to help people with substance disorders of all kinds.
Abundant and easy to find, these meetings are often open to the loved ones and friends of those struggling with addiction, although closed meetings exist for just those dealing with addiction as well. Anonymity and privacy are important tenets of these meetings, as those who attend have chosen to receive help – not be outed for their admission of addiction.
Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon AA unity.
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.
The only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking.
Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or AA as a whole.
Each group has but one primary purpose–to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
An AA group ought never to 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.
Every AA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
AA, as such, ought never to be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the AA name ought never to 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, and films.
Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.
You can change your self-destructive decisions by recognizing that you alone cannot recover; with help from your higher power, you can.https://www.magventure.com/us
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