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Alcoholism Recovery Program

Each month we focus on a Step, Tradition, and Concept, and provide a quote from Bill W.

Step 4

Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

“This perverse soul-sickness is not pleasant to look upon. Instincts on rampage balk at investigation.”

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions p. 44

Tradition 4

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

“Children of chaos, we have defiantly played with every brand of fire, only to emerge unharmed and, we think, wiser. These very deviations created a vast process of trial and error which, under the grace of God, has brought us to where we are today.”

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions p. 146

Concept 4

Throughout our Conference structure, we ought to maintain at all responsible levels a traditional “Right of Participation,” taking care that each classification or group of our world servants shall be allowed a voting representation in reasonable proportion to the responsibility that each must discharge.

“This is the corporate or ‘participating’ method of doing business, as distinguished from structures so common to many institutional, military and governmental agencies wherein high level people or classes of people often are set in absolute authority, one over the other.”

Twelve Concepts for World Service p. 12

All quotes from Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions and Twelve Concepts for World Service are reprinted with permission from A.A. World Services, Inc.