The Twelve Traditions
of Sex-Related Programs
*In this generic version the word “fellowship” is substituted for the group’s name.
- Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon fellowship unity.
- 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.
- The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop addictive sexual behavior.
- Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or the fellowship as a whole.
- Each group has but one primary purpose – to carry its message to the sex addict who still suffers.
- 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.
- Every group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
- Our fellowship should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
- Our fellowship, as such, ought never be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
- Our fellowship has no opinion on outside issues; hence the fellowship name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
- 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.
- 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.