Remember that we deal with
alcohol, cunning, baffling, powerful. Without help it is to much for us."
"If you work the Steps off the Wall, You get off the Wall Results"
My friend had
emphasized the absolute necessity of demonstrating these
principles in all my affairs. Particularly was it imperative
to work with others as he had worked with me. Faith without
works was dead, he said.
Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience,
strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common
problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.
There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self supporting
through our own contributions.
AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization
or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither
endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober
and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
The trouble with us alcoholics was this:
We demanded that the world give us happiness and peace of mind in just
particular order we wanted to get it-- by the alcohol route. And we
successful. But when we take the time to find out some of the
laws, and familiarize ourselves with them, and put them into practice,
do we get happiness and peace of mind..... There seem to be some rules
we have to follow, but happiness and peace of mind are always here,
free to anyone
members have always taken care to preserve their
anonymity at the “public” level: press, radio, television, and films. In the
early days of A.A., when more stigma was attached to the term “alcoholic” than
is the case today, this reluctance to be identified — and publicized — was easy
to understand. As the Fellowship of A.A. grew, the positive values of anonymity
soon became apparent. First, we know from experience that many problem drinkers
might hesitate to turn to A.A. for help if they thought their problem might be
discussed publicly, even inadvertently, by others. Newcomers should be able to
seek help with assurance that their identities will not be disclosed to anyone
outside the Fellowship. Then, too, we believe that the concept of personal
anonymity has a spiritual significance for us — that it discourages the drives
for personal recognition, power, prestige, or profit that have caused
difficulties in some societies. Much of our relative effectiveness in working
with alcoholics might be impaired if we sought or accepted public recognition.
While each member of A.A. is free to make his or her own interpretations of A.A.
tradition, no individual member is ever recognized as a spokesperson for the
Fellowship locally, nationally, or internationally. Each member speaks only for
himself or herself. A.A. is indebted to all media for their assistance in
strengthening the Tradition of anonymity over the years. From time to time, the
General Service Office contacts all major media in the United States and Canada,
describing the Tradition and asking for cooperation in its observance.
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