A.A.'s Twelve Steps are principles for personal recovery. The Twelve Traditions ensure the Unity of the Fellowship. Written by co-founder Bill W. in 1962, the Twelve Concepts for World Service provide a group of related principles to help ensure that various elements of A.A.'s service structure remain responsive and responsible to those they serve.
Alcoholics Anonymous first published Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions in 1953. bill W., who along with Dr. bob S. founded Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935, wrote the book to share 18 years of collective experience within the Fellowship on how A.A. members recover, and how our society functions.In recent years some members and friends of A.A. have asked if it would be wise to update the language, idioms, and historical references in the book to present a more contemporary image for the Fellowship. however, because the book has helped so many alcoholics find recovery, there exists strong sentiment within the Fellowship against any change to it. In fact, the 2002 general Service conference discussed this issue and it was unanimously recommended that: “The text in the book Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, written by bill W., remain as is, recognizing the Fellowship’s feelings that bill’s writing be retained as originally published.”We hope that the collective spiritual experience of the A.A. pioneers captured in these pages continues to help alcoholics and friends of A.A. understand the principles of our program.
The Twelve Concepts—principles of service that have emerged from A.A.’s service accomplishments and mistakes since its beginning— are set forth by Bill W.
The "short form" of the Concepts, which follows, was approved by the 1971 General Service Conference.
Reprinted from Alcoholics Anonymous with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.
The AA Program
Privacy & Anonymity
"Practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drink as intensive work with other alcoholics. It works when other activities fail. This is our twelfth suggestion: Carry this message to other alcoholics! You can help when no one else can. You can secure their confidence when others fail. Remember they are very ill.
Life will take on new meaning. To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends -- this is an experience you must not miss."
Structure Of The Conference
"The General Service Conference of A.A. has become, for nearly every practical purpose, the active voice and the effective conscience of our whole Society in its world affairs." -The 2nd Concept
I Am Responsibile.
When Anyone, Anywhere
Reaches Out For Help,
I Want The Hand Of A.A.
Always To Be There.
And For That,
I Am Responsible!