How A.A. works

Members use the Twelve Steps to maintain sobriety. Groups use the Twelve Traditions to stay unified.
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A.A.’s Twelve Steps are a set of spiritual principles. When practiced as a way of life, they can expel the obsession to drink and enable the sufferer to recover from alcoholism.

The Twelve Traditions apply to A.A. as a whole. They outline how A.A. maintains its unity and relates itself to the world around it.

The book Alcoholics Anonymous describes the A.A. program of recovery. It also contains stories written by the co-founders and stories from a wide range of members who have found recovery in A.A.

Who Are A.A. members?

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We are people who have discovered and admitted that we cannot control alcohol. We have learned that we must live without it to live normal, happy lives.

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We are not anti-alcohol and we have no wish to reform the world. We are not allied with any group, cause or religious denomination. We welcome new members, but we do not recruit them.

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We do not impose our experience with problem drinking on others, but we do share it when we are asked to do so. We know our own sobriety depends on connecting with other alcoholics.

Sobriety in A.A.: Since getting sober, I have hope

Sobriety in A.A.: Since getting sober, I have hope

Sobriety in A.A.: Since getting sober, I have hope

Sobriety in A.A.: Since getting sober, I have hope

Sobriety in A.A.: We made changes to stop drinking

Sobriety in A.A.: We made changes to stop drinking

Young and Sober in A.A.: From Drinking to Recovery

Young and Sober in A.A.: From Drinking to Recovery

Sobriety in A.A.: Since getting sober, I have hope

Sobriety in A.A.: Since getting sober, I have hope

Sobriety in A.A.: We made changes to stop drinking

Sobriety in A.A.: We made changes to stop drinking

Young and Sober in A.A.: From Drinking to Recovery

Young and Sober in A.A.: From Drinking to Recovery

Recommended Resources

This pamphlet describes who A.A.s are and what we have learned about alcoholism.