The 12 Steps of Unity
In order to maintain unity our experience has shown that:
- Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends
upon group unity.
- Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
- The only requirement for Gamblers Anonymous membership is a desire
to stop gambling.
- Each group should be self-governing except in matters affecting
other groups or Gamblers Anonymous as a whole.
- Gamblers Anonymous has but one primary purpose - to carry its message
to the compulsive gambler who still suffers.
- Gamblers Anonymous ought never endorse, finance or lend the Gamblers
Anonymous name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest
problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary
- Every Gamblers Anonymous Group ought to be fully self-supporting,
declining outside contributions.
- Gamblers Anonymous should remain forever non-professional, but our
service centers may employ special workers.
- Gamblers Anonymous, as such, ought never be or organized; but we
may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those
- Gamblers Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the Gamblers
Anonymous 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, films and television.
- Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of the Gamblers Anonymous
program, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.