The Twelve Steps are the core of the SRA recovery program. By studying them and practicing them in our lives, many of us have been able to stop our destructive sexual behavior and begun to live rich and fulfilling lives.

We learn to use the steps by reading about them, discussing them at meetings (particularly "Step Meetings") and talking about them with our sponsors and other members. The principles they embody are universal and applicable to everyone whatever his or her personal creed.

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon SRA unity.
  2. For our purpose there is but one ultimate authority—a loving God as God may be expressed in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
  3. The only requirement for SRA membership is a desire to stop compulsive sexual behavior.
  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or SRA as a whole.
  5. Each group has but one primary purpose--to carry its message to those still suffering.
  6. An SRA group ought never endorse, finance or lend the SRA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. Every SRA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. SRA should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. SRA, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. SRA has no opinion on outside issues; hence the SRA 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, TV and films.
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.
© SRA General Services Board, 1991 with permission from AA.

We are grateful to the program of Alcoholics Anonymous for the permission to adapt the AA Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, and Preamble.

The Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions and the Preamble are reprinted and adapted with the permission of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., AA Grapevine, Inc. Permission to reprint and adapt does not mean that AA is affiliated with this program. AA is a program of recovery from alcoholism; use of the Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions and Preamble in connection with programs and activities which are patterned after AA but which address other problems does not imply otherwise.

The Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A.
    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 A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole.
  4. Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
  5. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole.
  6. An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. A.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. 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, and films.
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.
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