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Question: What are some unique and factual histoy around the first tradition of AA Alcoholics Annonymous's traditions, tradition 1

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Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) was founded in 1935 by Bill W. and Dr. Bob S. in Akron, Ohio. However, the Twelve Traditions of AA weren’t officially adopted until 1950, during the AA International Convention held in Cleveland. Tradition 1 states: "Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon AA unity." Tradition 1 aims to promote unity and mutual support among group members. It emphasizes that the common good is more important than individual differences. This tradition developed from the early experiences of AA. In its infancy, AA was not formally organized. Groups were often small and sometimes lacked structure. After a few years, it was realized that without unity and common purpose, AA would not survive, let alone thrive. Bill W. proposed the traditions as a way of safeguarding AA from external influences, divisive internal politics and distractions from its primary purpose - to help alcoholics achieve sobriety. The lessons encapsulated in Tradition 1 have been learned through the collective experience of AA's members and through trial and error within the community since its inception. It's important to note that these traditions are considered just as significant to an AA member's recovery as the 12-steps program is, since they help in maintaining the integrity and effectiveness of the program. While the first tradition primarily addresses unity within groups, it also refers to the relationship between the individual and the group. Individuals are valued, but the welfare of the group is paramount. The tradition indicates that for one to recover, they must become part of the group, work together with others, and find a common solution.

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Oct. 21, 2023, 11:29 a.m.

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Published: Saturday, October 21, 2023

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