The 12 Traditions were first forumulated by the Alcoholics Anonymous groups in their early years (1930s and 1940s). These traditions grew out of experiences within the groups of what worked and what didn't work concerning being effective in helping others to achieve and maintain sobriety. A.A. has continued these traditions and are the traditions that continue to be followed in most other 12 step fellowships as well.
Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon S.L.A.A. unity.
For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority -- a loving God as this Power may be expressed through our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
The only requirement for S.L.A.A. membership is a desire to stop living out a pattern of sex and love adtiction. Any two or more persons gathered together for mutual aid in recovering from sex and love adtiction may call themselves an S.L.A.A. group, provided that as a group they have no other affiliation.
Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or S.L.A.A. as a whole.
Each group has but one primary purpose -- to carry its message to the sex and love adtict who still suffers.
An S.L.A.A. group or S.L.A.A. as a whole ought never endorse, finance, or lend the S.L.A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, or prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
Every S.L.A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
S.L.A.A. should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centres may employ special workers.
S.L.A.A. as such ought never be organised; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
S.L.A.A. has no opinion on outside issues; hence the S.L.A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, TV, film, and other public media. We need guard with special care the anonymity of all fellow S.L.A.A. members.
Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.