Twelve Traditions

1. Our common welfare should come first — couple recovery depends upon RCA unity.

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

3. The only requirement for RCA membership is a desire to remain in a committed relationship.

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

5. Each group has but one primary purpose, to carry its message to recovering couples who still suffer.

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

7. Every RCA group should be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.

8. Recovering Couples Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.

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

10. Recovering Couples Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the RCA 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, TV and films.

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

Adapted from the book, Alcoholics Anonymous © 1939, 1955, A.A. World Services, Inc.