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Alcoholism Recovery Program
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 5

Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

A.A. experience has taught us we cannot lie alone with our pressing problems and the character defects which cause or aggravate them. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 55

The dammed-up emotions of years break out of their confinement, and miraculously vanish as soon as they are exposed.

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 62

Tradition 5

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

It is the great paradox of A.A. that we know we can seldom keep the precious gift of sobriety unless we give it away.

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 151

Concept 5

Throughout our structure, a traditional “Right of Appeal” ought to prevail, so that minority opinion will be heard and personal grievances receive careful consideration.

To increase the actual spirit of democracy by special deference to minority opinion is, we think, better than to follow blindly the rule which always insists on an unqualified dominance by a slight majority vote.

The Twelve Concepts for World Service, p. 21