The Twelve Steps of Unity
In order to maintain the unity of Gam-Anon meetings throughout the world, experience has shown that:
1. Our common welfare should come first; personal serenity depends upon Gam-Anon Unity.
2. Our leaders are but Trusted Servants; they do not govern.
3. The only requirement for Gam-Anon membership is that there be a gambling problem in the family.
4. Each group should be self-governing except in matters affecting other groups or Gam-Anon as whole.
5. Gam-Anon has but one primary purpose; to carry its message to the family of the compulsive gambler.
6. Gam-Anon should never endorse, finance, or lend the Gam-Anon name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
7. Every Gam-Anon group should be self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
8. Gam-Anon should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
9. Gam-Anon as such should never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
10. Gam-Anon has no opinion on outside issues; hence, the Gam-Anon name should never be drawn into controversy.
11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction, rather than promotion; but we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, films, television, internet, etc.
12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of the Gam-Anon program, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.
The Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous have been reprinted and adapted by Gam-Anon with the permission of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) and Gam-Anon are not affiliated.