Traditions

  1. The welfare of individual members takes priority and depends on the functioning of the group.
  2. For guiding the group we rely on the power of recovery as expressed through our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
  3. The only requirement for membership is ongoing distress resulting from a traumatic experience or experiences and the desire to heal from them.
  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting another group or Trauma Anonymous as a whole./li>
  5. Each Trauma Anonymous group has the objectives of promoting the healing and growth of its members and, when appropriate, reaching out to others still suffering.
  6. A Trauma Anonymous group should never endorse, finance or lend the its name to any other facility or outside enterprise lest problems of money, ego, property or prestige divert us from our primary aims.
  7. Trauma Anonymous strives to be fully self-supporting and will not accept contributions that compromise its autonomy or goals.
  8. Trauma Anonymous work should remain forever non-professional but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. Trauma Anonymous as such ought never be organized but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. Trauma Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues *as an organization* lest the group’s name be drawn into public controversy.
  11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, film, television and the Internet.
  12. Anonymity is the psychospiritual foundation behind all our traditions not only for purposes of confidentiality but to prioritize principles of recovery over individual egos.
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