Abutment Group Traditions

1. The only requirement for membership is to be an alcoholic or addict, sober in a program, with a mental health diagnosis.

2. Our purpose is to stay sober, improve our lives, and help others in similar circumstances.

3. For our group purpose, there is but one authority, a loving God as he may express himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants responsible to the group.

4. Our common welfare should come first. Survival of the group depends on unity.

5. We are not a part of any other group or program, nor do we wish to be a substitute. The group has no opinion on outside issues; our name should never be drawn into controversy.

6. Literature is from a variety of sources and is information only. Not an endorsement.

7. During our meetings, each member will have an equal opportunity to share. No one should monopolize the time. Topics will be on depression, bi-polar and recovery. Sharing is limited to Experience, Strength and Hope. Opinions, advice and profanity are avoided.

8. The group should never endorse, finance or lend our name to outside enterprises, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.

9. There are no dues or fees for membership. We are self-supporting through member contributions.

10. We are not qualified to diagnose mood disorders and do not recommend any particular form of treatment. Our experience shows that qualified medical professionals best treat mental illness.

11. We may have outside speakers occasionally. These speakers are limited to professionals in the field of medicine and therapy.

12. We need to always maintain personal anonymity at the public level. We must respect the anonymity of each member to the level they wish...