MY THOUGHTS ON TRADITION ELEVEN
"Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, and films."
When dealing with the media the traditions of the 12 step of Alcoholics anonymous ask that members maintain anonymity not so much for their protection but for the good of the fellowship as a whole.
Tradition 11: Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films
When discussing their personal recovery with the media members who are identified by their full names such as the case of those who are already well known in the media they should not also identify the specific name of their 12-step recovery group.
If members wish to discuss the benefits of membership in a specific 12-step group such as Alcoholics Anonymous like in a school or hospital they then should not identify themselves except by first name only and the fellowship they are recovering in
Many recovering members have the attitude "When I was drinking, everybody knew I was the town drunk and why should I hide my identity now that I am recovering?"
The answer is for the good of the fellowship the example is given of a famous athlete or television personality a role model for youth who gets into recovery and announces to the entire world that A.A. has saved his life what happens if that person relapses? The kids say "Well, so much for A.A.!"
Through my years in AA I have seen what promotion has done to AA as a whole it has allowed outsiders at times to try and change our message changes that insiders now hear a different message than the original message
By trying to save the world we are not adhering to our primary purpose one Alcoholic helping another alcoholic for me this means if the person is dual addicted then he should have the right to share all there experiences just like the rest of us can
I think times we all seem to forget that we are responsible for being the attractions by changing our appearance how we communicate dress and conduct ourselves in and out of the rooms we are the carriers of the message not the mess
That's part of carrying the message also to let people see the difference that this design for living we were given has worked in our life seeing the four changes in our lives mental emotional physical and spiritual they are attracted by our example not any promotion
Alcoholics anonymous needs no promotion this is a program for people who want it let's not let others tell us what they think we are about let's just be ready when the suffering alcoholic is ready to open the door and show him what we are
Anonymity is what makes people feel safe to speak what's in their hearts and on their minds. The fact that it's based on attraction to me means people can see the outward change of a recovering alcoholic due to that inward change we make when following the steps