Traditions Checklist from the AA Grapevine
These question were originally published in the AA Grapevine in conjunction with a series on the Twelve Traditions. There will be a series of the traditions in the next 12 issues of the Newsletter.
: Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the AA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
- Do I ever give the impression that there really is an "AA opinion" on Antabuse? Tranquilizers? Doctors? Psychiatrists? Churches? Hospitals? Jails? Alcohol? The federal or state government? Legalizing marijuana? Vitamins? Al-Anon? Alateen?
- Can, I honestly share my own personal experience concerning any of those without giving the impression I am stating the "AA" opinion?
- What in AA history gave rise to our Tenth Tradition?
- Do I try to sound in AA like an expert on alcoholism? On recovery? On medicine? On psychology? On sociology?; On AA itself? Or, heaven help, even on humility
- What would AA be without the Tradition? Where would I be?
- Do I breach this or any of its supporting Tradition in my personal life outside of AA?
- How can I manifest the spirit of this Tradition in my personal life outside of AA? Inside AA?
: 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.
- Do I sometimes promote AA so fanatically that I make it seem unattractive?
- Am I always careful to keep the confidences reposed in me as an AA member?
- Am I careful about throwing AA names around-even within the Fellowship?
- Am I ashamed of being a recovered, or a recovering, alcoholic?
- What would AA be like if we were not guided by the ideas in Tradition Eleven? Where would I be?
- Is my AA sobriety attractive enough that a sick drunk would want such a quality for himself?
: Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.
- Why is it a good idea for me to place the common welfare of all AA membersbefore individual welfare? What would happen to me if AA as a whole disappeared?
- When I do nto trust AA's current servants, who do I wish had the authority to straighten them out?
- In my opinions of and remarks about other AA's am I implyig membership requirements other that a desire to stay sober?
- Do I ever try to get a certain AA group to conform to my standards, not its own?
- Have I a personal responsibilty in helping an AA group fullfill its primary purpose? What is my part?
- Does my personal behavior reflect the Sixth Tradition -or belie it?
- Do I do all I can do to support AA financially? When is the last time I anonymouslygave away a Grapevine subscription?
- Do I complain about certain AAs' behavior-especially if they are paid to work for AA? Who made me so smart?
July 2-5,2020 Detroit, Michigan
The 2020 International
Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous will be held July 2-5,2020 in Detroit, Michigan, Registration is open on-line! Currently until April14, 2020 registration is $115 after Aprtil 15, 2020 registration will go to $140 USD per attendee.
"Love and Tolerance is our Code." This celebrate A.A.'s 85th year at this event .