The Twelve Traditions

 

The Twelve Traditions of Emotional Health Anonymous

1.   Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon EHA unity.

2.   For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority—a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants, they do not govern.

3.   The only requirement for EHA membership is a desire to recover from emotional illness not related to substance abuse.

4.   Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or EHA as a whole.

5.   Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry its message to the person who still suffers from emotional or mental illness.

6.   An EHA group ought never endorse, finance or lend the EHA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.

7.   Every EHA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.

8.   Emotional Health Anonymous should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.

9.   EHA as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.

10.   Emotional Health Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the EHA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.

11.   Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, T.V. and films.

12.   Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

As adapted from the Big Book ® of A.A.

© 2012 Emotional Health Anonymous