The Twelve Traditions of Gamblers Anonymous
Every Gamblers Anonymous (G.A.) 12-Step group respects the Twelve Traditions of Gamblers Anonymous:
- Our common welfare should come first, personal recovery depends upon G.A. Unity.
- Our leaders are but trusted servants, they do not govern.
- The only requirements for G.A. membership is a desire to stop gambling.
- Each group shall be self-governing except in matters affecting other groups or G.A. as a whole.
- G.A. has but one primary purpose - to carry the message to the compulsive gambler who still suffers.
- G.A. should never endorse, finance, or lend the G.A. name to any related facilitiy or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
- Every G.A. group ought to be self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
- G.A. should remain forever non-professional, but our service centres may employ special workers.
- G.A. as such ought never to be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
- G.A. has no opinion on outside issues, hence the G.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
- Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion, we must always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, films and television.
- Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of the G.A. program, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.