1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon Addicts Anonymous unity
  2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority – a loving higher power as it may express itself in our group conscience. Our leaders our but trusted servants; they do not govern
  3. The only requirement for Addicts Anonymous membership is a desire to stop using your addiction of choice.
  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or Addicts Anonymous as a whole.
  5. Each group has but one primary purpose – to carry the message to the addict who still suffers
  6. An Addicts Anonymous group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the Addicts Anonymous name to any related facility or outside enterprise. Lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. Every Addicts Anonymous group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Addicts Anonymous should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. Addicts Anonymous as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. Addicts Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the Addicts Anonymous name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
  11. 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.
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities