Traditions of Debtors Anonymous
common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon DA
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.
only requirement for D.A. membership is a desire to stop incurring
group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or
D.A. as a whole.
group has but one primary purpose--to carry its message to the debtor
who still suffers.
A D.A. group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the D.A. name to any
related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money,
property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
D.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside
Debtors Anonymous should remain forever non-professional, but our
service centers may employ special workers.
D.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service
boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
Debtors Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the D.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, and films.
Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever
reminding us to place principles before personalities.