The Twelve Traditions of N.A.

We keep what we have only with vigilance, and just as freedom for the individual comes from the Twelve Steps, so freedom for the group springs from our Traditions. As long as the ties that bind us together are stronger than those that would tear us apart, all will be well.



Tradition   1: Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends on NA unity
Tradition   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.
Tradition   3: The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using.
Tradition   4: Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or NA as a whole.
Tradition   5: Each group has but one primary purpose to carry the message to the addict who still suffers.
Tradition   6: An NA group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the NA name to any related facility or outside enterprise,
                        lest problems of money, property, or prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
Tradition   7: Every NA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
Tradition   8: Narcotics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
Tradition   9: NA, as such, ought never be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
Tradition 10: Narcotics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the NA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
Tradition 11: Our public policy is based on attraction rather than promotion. we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, and films.
Tradition 12: Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

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