Each month we focus on the Step, Tradition, and Concept of the month, and provide a quote from Bill W. This is a quick and easy way to learn about these important pillars of the program.


Step 1

We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.

Under the lash of alcoholism, we are driven to A.A., and there we discover the fatal nature of our situation. Then, and only then, do we become as open-minded to conviction and as willing to listen as the dying can be.

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 24


Tradition 1

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

As we had once struggled and prayed for individual recovery, just so earnestly did we commence to quest for the principles through which A.A. itself might survive.

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 130


Concept 1

Final responsibility and ultimate authority for A.A. World Services should always reside in the collective conscience of our whole Fellowship.

For the first time it was seen that only a representative conference could take the place of Dr. Bob and me.

Twelve Concepts for World Service, p. 5