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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 8

Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

Every A.A. has found that he can make little headway in this new adventure of living until he first backtracks and really makes an accurate and unsparing survey of the human wreckage he has left in his wake.

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions p. 77

Tradition 8

Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.

Alcoholics simply will not listen to a paid twelfth-stepper. Almost from the beginning we have been positive that face-to-face work with the alcoholic who suffers could be based only on the desire to help and be helped.

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions p. 166


Concept 8

The trustees are the principal planners and administrators of overall policy and finance. They have the custodial oversight of the separately incorporated and constantly active services, executing this through their ability to elect all the directors of these entities.

Our trustees, as a body, cannot be burdened with a mass of lesser matters; they must not concern themselves with the endless questions and difficulties which arise daily, weekly, and monthly in the routine conduct of the World Service Office and our publishing enterprises. In these areas the Board cannot possibly manage and conduct in detail; it must delegate its executive function.

Twelve Concepts for World Service p. 31