Love Addicts Anonymous
Traditions of LAA
Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery
depends upon LAA unity.The common welfare comes first. Each member
of LAA is a small aspect of a larger whole. Group welfare and
support come first, with individual health and safety coming in
a very close second.
2. 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. The loving God does
not need to be the Christian God. Rather, this is God as the ultimate
authority in whatever form works for each group’s collective
3. The only
requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.
No one is turned away if they wish to overcome love addiction
and/or codependency. Membership with the group is based only on
progress in your recovery and following the 12 Steps, not on money
or conformity. Any two or more individuals using the 12 Steps
to overcome love addiction and codependency can use the name LAA
if they have no other affiliation.
4. Each group
should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups,
or LAA as a whole.There is no centralized AA authority that affects
individual groups. The group is responsible only to the group’s
conscience. The one exception involves other 12-Step groups, which
should be consulted if one group’s decisions affect others.
No regional committee or individual member should take an action
that affects the LAA group. Nnor should regional authorities or
individual members take actions that affect LAA as a whole without
consulting the General Services Board. The common welfare is paramount.
5. Each group
has but one primary purpose--to carry its message to others who
still suffer from love addiction and codependencyEach LAA group
is essentially a spiritual entity whose higher purpose is to save
those who still struggle with this problem by bringing them a
message of hope.
6. A LAA group
ought never endorse, finance or lend the LAA name to any related
facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property
and prestige divert us from our primary purpose. LAA does not
give money, endorsement, or prestige to organizations outside
the group’s mission. The problems of money, property, and
authority divert group members from their process of recovery,
and may add stress that can prevent them from being successful.
Facilities used for meetings should not use “Love Addicts
Anonymous” in their name. Any property used by the LAA group
should be owned and managed separately from the members, maintaining
the divide between the spiritual and material. The AA group should
never go into business as an entity, although individual members
should have or work toward gainful employment. Cooperating with
individuals, businesses, or organizations is encouraged, but not
to the point of endorsement, whether implied or actual.
7. Every LAA
group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.Individual
members who are able to should contribute financially to any needs
the group has. Public solicitation of funds, to support the LAA
group, individual members, or the overall LAA movement, is unwise
and can pull focus from the group’s collective success to
material struggles. It is also important that individual LAA group
treasuries do not accumulate more money than what is required
for specific LAA purposes.
8. LAA should
remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ
special workers. The core of the group meetings is nonprofessional,
peer support. In the context of LAA leadership, “professionalism”
is defined as a trained counselor whose occupation is to provide
therapy for fee or hire. LAA does not employ these professionals
to lead groups, but instead focuses on the mutual support of peers
helping each other through. Sometimes, LAA hires members to perform
specific services that help the group or regional organization,
but these tasks never include leading the group.
9. LAA, as
such, ought never be organized, but we may create service boards
or committees directly responsible to those they serve. As little
organization as possible should be used to maintain the group’s
identity. Leadership should rotate. There are some elected positions,
including a secretary for minutes and a committee, but these positions
should frequently cycle. The trustees in the LAA International
Committee are custodians of the overall LAA Traditions and Steps,
and maintain contributions and public relations. They no authority
over specific groups, and they do not govern; their focus is on
serving LAA as a whole.
10. LAA has
no opinion on outside issues, hence the LAA name ought never be
drawn into public controversy. LAA remains apolitical, with no
opinion on outside issues. LAA members should not use the group
identity to express support or opposition to issues outside LAA
itself. These include political views, sectarian religion, or
public reform. LAA opposes no one and exists to help people struggling
with love addiction and codependency.
relations policy is based upon attraction rather than promotion;
we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press,
radio, films [and other media] Personal anonymity of members is
deeply important. Anonymity exists to protect group members from
public scrutiny and opinion. LAA should avoid sensational advertising,
and the names, faces, or other identities of members should never
be used to promote the program, shame members, or otherwise attract
attention. Praising groups or individual members is unnecessary;
recommendation to LAA should be only for those in need of help.
is the spiritual foundation of the traditions, placing principles
above personalities. The principle of anonymity has spiritual
significance, allowing members the freedom to express their struggles
and their completion of the steps. Anonymity reminds members to
focus on principles above personalities, and to practice genuine