Al-Anon’s Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions


The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems.   Members believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid recovery.   Al-Anon’s first two Legacies, the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, come alive through essays, reflections, and members’ stories.

The study of the 12 Steps is essential to progress in the Al-Anon program.   The principles they embody are universal, applicable to everyone, whatever his personal creed.   In Al-Anon, members strive for an ever-deeper understanding of these Steps, and pray for the wisdom to apply them to our lives.

The 12 Traditions are guidelines that serve as a means of promoting harmony and growth in Al-Anon groups and in the worldwide fellowship of Al-Anon as a whole.   The Al-Anon group experience suggests that our unity depends upon adherence to these Traditions.

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