The Twelve Traditions of Peoples Anonymous

The Twelve Traditions of Peoples Anonymous

1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon PA 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 PA membership is a desire to transform your life.

4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or PA as a whole.

5. Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry its message to others who still suffer.

6. A PA group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the PA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.

7. Every PA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.

8. Peoples Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.

9. PA, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.

10. Peoples Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the PA name ought never 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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