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Definition of Tradition: guideline for relationships between groups, members, other groups, the global fellowship, and society at large.
Synonyms of Tradition: guideline, principle, practice, etc.

These notes are from recovery in AA and/or related 12 step programs.
Readers are encouraged to click external links for more detail.
We hope you find them helpful.
Love in fellowship.

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Tradition Four-Autonomy: Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole.

This meant, of course, that we had been given the courage to declare each A.A. group an individual entity, strictly reliant on its own conscience as a guide to action. –12 & 12 p.143 | More…

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Children of chaos, we have defiantly played with every brand of fire, only to emerge unharmed and, we think, wiser. –12 & 12 p.146 | More…

There were, though, a few conservative dissenters among the alcoholics, they wrote the Foundation, A.A.’s headquarters in New York, wanting to know about this sort of streamlining. –12 & 12 p.148 | More…

But alas, this bright scene was not long in darkening. Confusion replaced serenity. It was found that some drunks yearned for education, but doubted if they were alcoholics. –12 & 12 p.148-149 | More…

When that lifted, a wonderful thing had happened. He said he wished he’d paid some attention to A.A. experience. Thus it was that under Tradition Four an A.A. group had exercised its right to be wrong. –12 & 12 p.149 | More…

Autonomy is a ten-dollar word. But in relation to us, it means very simply that every A.A. group can manage its affairs exactly as it pleases, except when A.A. as a whole is threatened.  –12 & 12 p.156 | More…

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The 12 Traditions of AA are a set of guidelines for how the organization should function. They were developed by the early members in response to problems as they arose.

The 12 Traditions first appeared as a set of principles in 1946. It is unlikely that AA could have survived so many years without these guiding regulations. | More…

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