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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 5

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

Our moral inventory had persuaded us that all-around forgiveness was desirable, but it was only when we resolutely tackled Step Five that we inwardly knew we’d be able to receive forgiveness and give it, too.

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 58


Tradition 5

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

May we reflect with ever deepening conviction, that we will never be at our best except when we hew only to the primary spiritual aim of A.A.. That of carrying its message to the alcoholic who still suffers alcoholism.

The Language of the Heart, p. 83


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.

In granting this traditional “Right of Appeal,” we recognize that minorities frequently can be right; that even when they are partly or wholly in error they still perform a most valuable service when, by asserting their “Right of Appeal,” they compel a thorough-going debate on important issues.

Twelve Concepts for World Service. p. 16