The articles contained in this section involve a discussion of the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Outside Issues – What’s That About?

Outside Issues – What’s That About?

In some of the meetings I attend I have heard what sounds like a misunderstanding of the 10th tradition. The long form of the tradition reads like this: “No A.A. group or member should ever, in such a way as to implicate A.A., express any opinion on outside…

How it Works for Many of Us (And Questions for the Reader)

How it Works for Many of Us (And Questions for the Reader)

I have been attending meetings for over 30 years and five years ago started a group that is now called Secular Sobriety in Columbus, OH. I paid close attention when someone said they had relapsed and were now back in AA. If they did not mention it, I asked them…

The Thing About Traditions…

The Thing About Traditions…

Much has been written about the secular AA beliefs and attitudes towards the Twelve Steps. Some groups have chosen to rewrite them to eliminate god references. The risk there, of course, is incurring the wrath of the local Intergroup and perhaps that of our fellow AAs…

Pacific Region Alcoholics Anonymous Service Assembly

Pacific Region Alcoholics Anonymous Service Assembly

Over the weekend of March 4 – 6, 2016, I had the privilege of attending my second Pacific Region Alcoholics Anonymous Service Assembly (PRAASA) at the Spokane, WA convention center. It was attended by some 1500 members involved in the General Service work of Alcoholics Anonymous throughout the Pacific region…

The Ninth Step of William Beebe – A Cautionary Tale

The Ninth Step of William Beebe – A Cautionary Tale

William Beebe, a real estate agent and massage therapist in Las Vegas, was in and out of alcohol rehab centers in the early 1990s. In 1993 he came into AA where he got sober and stayed that way. In September 2005, Beebe wrote a letter to Liz Seccuro in which…

Step One

Step One

I opened the door and walked into the room, the first to arrive. Across from me, displayed on the wall were the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. As I read that first step, it got my attention. It was the perfect description of my situation and my life at that…

WACYPAA, XIX

WACYPAA, XIX

On the weekend of December 17—20, 2015, my wife, Jill, and I attended the 19th Western Area Conference of Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous. It was held at the Doubletree Hotel near the Oregon Convention Center in Portland with some 2100 AA members in attendance…

AA Grapevine: The Traditions in Action

AA Grapevine: The Traditions in Action

THE LEGACY of Service affirms our faith in the democratic ideal of majority decision, the group conscience, basic decency, and the collective wisdom of AA’s representatives in the General Service Conference, together with the Trustees of the General Service Board of AA, both AAs and nonalcoholics. The spirit of…

General Service

General Service

My experience with General Service began when I attended my first District Committee Meeting as the General Service Representative for my group. One of the interesting aspects of helping found an AA group, is that you get to wear a lot of hats during the group’s early life, so…

AA Conference Approved Literature

AA Conference Approved Literature

The term “Conference-approved” relates to literature and audiovisual material that is published by AA World Services, Inc, and has been approved by Conference for this purpose. “The term has no relation to material not published by GSO. It does not imply Conference disapproval of other material about AA. A…