The 12 Traditions of RSA

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon RSA unity.

  2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority — a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.

  3. The only requirement for RSA membership is a desire to stop lusting.

  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or RSA as a whole.

  5. Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry its message to the lustaholic who still suffers.

  6. An RSA group ought never endorse, finance or lend the RSA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.

  7. Every RSA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.

  8. RSA should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.

  9. RSA, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.

  10. RSA has no opinion on outside issues; hence the RSA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.

  11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, internet and films.

  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous have been reprinted and adapted with the permission of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. (“A.A.W.S.”). Permission to reprint and adapt the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions does not mean that Alcoholics Anonymous is affiliated with this program. A.A. is a program of recovery from alcoholism only – use of A.A.’s Steps and Traditions or an adapted version of its Steps and Traditions in connection with programs and activities which are patterned after A.A., but which address other problems, or use in any other non-A.A. context, does not imply otherwise. Additionally, while A.A. is a spiritual program, A.A. is not a religious program. Thus, A.A. is not affiliated or allied with any sect, denomination, or specific religious belief.