RA offers hope, sanity, and recovery, especially to those who, despite their best efforts, have yet to find full recoveries, no matter what their problems or behaviors may be and their family and friends.
VI The Twelve Traditions
10) Tradition Ten


RECOVERIES ANONYMOUS has no opinion on outside issues; hence the R.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy”

1. In the 12 & 12, on page 177, in the first full paragraph, it says:

“Let us reemphasize that this reluctance to fight one another or anybody else is not counted as some special virtue which makes us feel superior to other people.”

Skipping four lines, at the end of the fifth line, it says:

“In this respect, we do not enter into public controversy, because we know that our Society will perish if it does. We conceive the survival and spread of Alcoholics Anonymous to be something of far greater importance than the weight we could collectively throw back of any other cause. Since recovery from alcoholism is life itself to us, it is imperative that we preserve in full strength our means of survival.”

2. Issues such as the wet or dry controversy, or what type of food plan produces the best result, or no food plan at all, or whether a compulsive gambler can buy a lottery ticket or not, whether someone with a drug problem can take aspirin or not, whether the government is doing a good job or not, any public controversy, anything aside from the working of the Twelve Steps is an outside issue. The program is not the proper forum for the discussion of these outside issues.

3. Anyone can have any opinion they want. Someone can drink and go to meetings; somebody can eat and go to meetings; someone can do pills and go to meetings. Each individual has the right to make these decisions based on their direction and guidance from their Higher Power.

4. Our meetings have but one primary purpose; to carry the message to those who still suffer. And the message is that we have recovered as the result of a spiritual awakening that we have had as the result of working all of the Twelve Steps of this program of recovery. When we get away from sharing that message, we are no longer fulfilling our primary purpose.


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