1. Our common welfare should come first; personal
recovery depends on CMA unity.
2. For our group purpose there is but one
ultimate authority – a loving God as expressed in our
group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants they
do not govern.
3. The only requirement for CMA membership
is a desire to stop using.
4. Each group should be autonomous, except
in matter affecting other CMA groups or CMA as a whole.
5. Each group has but one primary purpose
– to carry the message to the addict who still suffers.
6. A CMA group ought never endorse, finance,
or lend the CMA name to any related facility or outside enterprise,
lest problems of money, property, or prestige divert us from
our primary purpose.
7. Each CMA group ought to be self-supporting,
declining outside contributions.
8. CMA should forever remain nonprofessional,
but our service centers may employ special workers.
9. CMA, as such, ought never be organized,
but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible
to those they serve.
10. CMA has no opinion on outside issues;
hence, the CMA 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, television, films and
other public media.
12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation
of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles
* 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 of Alcoholics
Anonymous does not mean that Alcoholics Anonymous is affiliated
with this program. AA is program of recovery from Alcoholism
only - use of A.A.'s Steps and raditions, or an
adapted version of its Steps and Traditions in connection with
programs or activities which are patterned after A.A., but
which address other problems, or in any other non-A.A.context,
does not imply otherwise.