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Twelve Traditions

For Group Unity


  • Tradition 1: Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon H.A. 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 H.A. membership is a desire to stop suffering from heroin addiction.
  • Tradition 4: Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or H.A. as a whole.
  • Tradition 5: Each group has but one primary purpose - to carry its message to the Heroin addict who still suffers.
  • Tradition 6: An H.A. group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the H.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  • Tradition 7: Every H.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  • Tradition 8: Heroin Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  • Tradition 9: H.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  • Tradition 10: Heroin Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the H.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
  • Tradition 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.
  • Tradition 12: Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

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