The Twelve Traditions

of Sex-Related Programs

*In this generic version the word “fellowship” is substituted for the group’s name.

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

* The “S” fellowships use these same AA 12-Traditions with minor textural differences.