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R.A.’s Sixth TraditionRA
An R.A. Group ought never endorse, finance or lend the R.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.RA
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    This is the next in a series of articles about R.A.'s Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. Even though A.A. has granted us permission to adapt the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, Recoveries Anonymous is a unique Fellowship with a distinctive way of looking at and working the Twelve Steps and the Twelve Traditions. R.A.'s experience is that, when someone thoroughly follows the pioneers' "clear-cut directions," they will duplicate the pioneers' results. They will find the same recovery that the pioneers found.RA
    The Sixth Tradition is essential. It guarantees that R.A.'s message and motives will always be trusted. This tradition is based on the pioneers' experience. It was written more than ten years after Bill and Dr. Bob first met. During this time, the pioneers learned many lessons. Some of the things that had been done in the early days of the program caused problems. They found that endorsing, financing, or lending the fellowship's name to outside endeavors or enterprises created serious hazards that they needed to be on guard against. They discovered that concerns about money, property, and prestige produced conflicts with the spirituality of the program. Thanks to the pioneers, we now know that these issues can easily divert an R.A. Group, and even the entire R.A. Fellowship, from its primary purpose.RA
    In R.A., we think it is significant that the Sixth Tradition refers to "our primary purpose." This is a phrase that has been used before. It is a clear reference back to the Fifth Tradition. It states, "Each Recoveries Anonymous Group ought to be a spiritual entity having but one primary purpose — that of carrying its message to those who still suffer." RA
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    In R.A., we consider the entire R.A. Fellowship, and each R.A. Group, to be spiritual entities. In R.A., we agree with the pioneers' experience. They found that a "spiritual entity" could never safely bind itself to any outside activity or group. We have found that it makes no difference how worthy an endeavor it might be. RA
    Bill Wilson wrote the original long form of the Sixth Tradition in 1946. It says, "Problems of money, property, and authority may easily divert us from our primary spiritual aim. We think, therefore, that any considerable property of genuine use to A.A. should be separately incorporated and managed, thus dividing the material from the spiritual. An A.A. group, as such, should never go into business. Secondary aids to A.A., such as clubs or hospitals which require much property or administration, ought to be incorporated and so set apart that, if necessary, they can be freely discarded by the groups. Hence such facilities ought not to use the A.A. name. Their management should be the sole responsibility of those people who financially support them. For clubs, A.A. managers are usually preferred. But hospitals, as well as other places of recuperation, ought to be well outside A.A. — and medically supervised. While an A.A. group may cooperate with anyone, such cooperation ought never to go so far as affiliation or endorsement, actual or implied. An A.A. group can bind itself to no one." RA
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    This original long form of the Sixth Tradition is still in force. It is at the back of both the current Big Book and A.A.'s 12&12. In R.A., we benefit from the pioneers' experience. We value the lessons that the pioneers share so clearly in this version of the tradition. A.A. has graciously granted R.A. permission to adapt their Twelve Traditions. Therefore, in R.A., we completely embrace this version of the Sixth Tradition. RA
    Recoveries Anonymous is a spiritual entity. We follow the pioneers' example. We do not "endorse, finance or lend the R.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise." We do not do anything that might "divert us from our primary purpose." This purpose is to carry R.A.'s message of hope, sanity, and recovery, to those who still suffer. RA
    This is a preview of the chapter about the Sixth Tradition that will be in "R.A.'s Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions Revealed" which will be published in the coming year.RA
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There is one misunderstanding about the Sixth Tradition that seems to persist. People who have never been in a Twelve Step program often do not know about the Sixth Tradition. They do not know that this tradition prevents A.A. from endorsing, financing, or lending their name to any outside enterprises. These people believe that all Twelve Step programs are endorsed, financed, and controlled by A.A. This is not the case.RA
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    Recoveries Anonymous is an independent, nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation. A.A. has granted R.A. permission to use the Twelve Steps and the Twelve Traditions. This does not mean that A.A. has endorsed or financed Recoveries Anonymous. R.A. is not affiliated, in any way, with A.A. In addition, R.A. is not connected to any of the other Twelve Step programs.RA
    A.A. also does not endorse, finance, or control any of the other Twelve Step Programs. If someone starts a new program and wants to use the Twelve Steps, they need to get permission from A.A. However, approving this request does not mean that A.A. is endorsing that program. It also does not mean that these programs will have any kind of continuing relationship with A.A.RA
    In addition, some programs use the word "Anonymous" in their name. However, they do not use the Twelve Steps. These programs also do not have any connection to A.A. or any other Twelve Step program.RA
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    There is another misunderstanding about the Sixth Tradition. Most people in R.A. know that this tradition means that R.A. cannot endorse an outside enterprise. However, some people seem to think that, if they are an R.A. member, they can use R.A.'s name, logo, and even reprint R.A.'s literature without permission. They do not seem to understand that using R.A.'s material might imply that R.A. is endorsing them. This is not the case. If an R.A. member wants to use any of R.A.'s material, that person needs to contact R.A. and ask for permission. RA
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    In addition, there are some people who think that R.A. will endorse them if they recommend R.A. They sometimes think that, because they are saying positive things about R.A., they can use R.A.'s name, logo, and literature without R.A.'s permission. This is also not the case. They need to contact R.A. and ask for permission.RA
    Even if an outside enterprise offers to recommend R.A., the Sixth Tradition applies. It prevents R.A. from reciprocating. R.A. cannot even appear to endorse an outside organization or enterprise. This is true no matter how worthy this endeavor may be. RA
    R.A. welcomes articles that are written about our Twelve Step program of recovery. We also appreciate links to R.A.'s web sites. However, we cannot reciprocate. We also cannot have information about, or links to, outside enterprises or activities on R.A.'s web sites. We also cannot mention them in R.A.'s literature. RA
    This is a preview of the chapter about the Sixth Tradition that will be in "R.A.'s Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions Revealed" which will be published in the coming year.RA
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The Miracles Revealed:
R.A.’s Journal of Recovery
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The page to the right is from R.A.'s second book, "The Miracles Revealed: R.A.'s Journal Of Recovery." This book will give even the most experienced person a fresh look at the program. You can read it like a daily journal, or you can read it straight through. R.A.'s Journal will help everyone come to a deeper understanding of our program of recovery. If you enjoy this sample, please visit R.A.'s web site and download a copy of "The Miracles Revealed: R.A.'s Journal of Recovery."RA
A Story of RecoveryRA
Our experience is that the stories in the original Multilith Big Book were written to validate the pioneers' "clear-cut directions" for working the Twelve Steps. To help your recovery, we encourage you to visit R.A.'s web site and get "The Original Way Out Revealed: R.A.'s Annotated Multilith Big Book" and read all of these original stories. The following passage is from the story "FIRED AGAIN." In R.A.'s Annotated Multilith Big Book, in the personal story section, on page PS70 it says:RA
RA"I had learned my lesson. I knew definitely that I couldn't take even one drink. I wanted to get married so I planned very earnestly to get another job, stay sober, and save some money. I went to Pittsburgh on Sunday, called on a manufacturer of rolling mill equipment and on Monday, got a position and went to work. I was first paid at the end of the second week, was drunk before the end of the day and couldn't be bothered with going to work the next Monday.RA
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"Why did I take that first drink? I honestly don't know. Anyhow I nearly went crazy that summer and really developed some sort of mental disturbance. The night clerk of the small hotel where I was staying saw me go out about three in the morning in pajamas and slippers and had a policeman take me back into my room. I suppose he was used to screwy drunks or he would have taken me to jail instead. I stayed there a few days and sweated the alcohol out of my system, went to the office to collect the balance of my salary, paid my room rent, and found I had just enough money to get home. So home I went, sick, broke, discouraged and despairing of ever attaining a normal, happy life.RA
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RA"After two or three weeks of idleness at home, I obtained a subordinate position with a former employer, doing the lowest grade of drafting work on an hourly basis. I kept reasonably sober for several months, went to see my fiancee one or two weekends, was advanced rapidly in salary and responsibility, had a date set for the wedding and then inadvertently learned that one of the men working under my direction was receiving about forty dollars more per month than I was, which burnt me up to such an extent I quit after an argument, took my money, packed my personal effects, left them at the corner drug store, and went downtown and got plastered. Knowing that I would be greeted with tears, sorrowful sympathy and more grief when I got home, I stayed away until I was again destitute.RA
RA"I was really worried sick about my drinking so father again advanced the money for treatment. This time I took a three day cure and left with the firm resolve never to drink again, got a better position then I'd had before and actually did keep sober for several months, saved some money, paid my debts and again made plans to get married. But the desire for a drink was with me constantly after the first week or two, and the memory of how sick I had been from liquor and the agonies of the treatment I had undergone faded into the background. I had only begun to restore the confidence of my associates, family, friends and myself before I was off again, without any excuse this time. The wedding was again postponed and it looked very much as though it would never take place. My employer did not turn me loose but I was in another nice jam nevertheless. After considerable fumbling around mentally as to what to do I went back to the three day cure for the second time.RA
RA"After this treatment I got along a little better, was married in the spring of 1919 and did very little drinking for several years. I got along very well with my work, had a happy home life, but when away from home with little likelihood of being caught at it, I'd go on a mild binge. The thought of what would happen if my wife caught me drinking served to keep me reasonably straight for several years. My work became increasingly more important. I had many outside interests and drinking became less of a factor in my life, but I did continue to tipple some during my out of town trips and it was because of this tendency that things finally became all snarled up at home.RA
RA"I was sent to New York on business and later stopped at a night club where I had been drunk before. I certainly must have been very tight and it is quite likely that I was 'Mickey Finned' for I woke up about noon the next day in my hotel without a cent. I had to borrow money to get home on but didn't bother to start back till several days later. When I got there I found a sick child, a distracted wife and had lost another job paying $7000 a year. This, however, was not the worst of it. I must have given my business card to one of the girls at the night club for she started to send me announcements of another clip joint where she was employed and writing me long hand 'come on' notes, one of which fell into my wife's hands. I'll leave what happened after that to the reader's imagination.RA
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RA"I went back into the business of getting and losing jobs and eventually got to the point where I didn't seem to have any sense of responsibility to myself or to my family. I'd miss important family anniversaries, forget to come home for Christmas and in general wouldn't go home until I was exhausted physically and flat broke. About four years ago I didn't come home on Christmas Eve but arrived there about six o'clock on Christmas morning, minus the tree I had promised to get, but with an enormous package of liquor on board. I took the three day cure again with the usual results for about three weeks later I went to a party and decided a few beers wouldn't hurt me; however I didn't get back to work for three days and a short while later had lost my job and was again at the bottom of things. My wife obtained employment on a relief basis and I finally got straightened out with my employer who placed me in another position in a nearby city which I also lost by the end of the year.RA
RA"So it went until about a year ago when a neighbor happened to hear me trying to get into the house and asked my wife whether I had been having some drinking difficulties. This, of course, disturbed my wife but our neighbor was not just inquisitive. She had heard of the work of an ex alcoholic doctor who was busily engaged in passing on the benefits he had received from another who had found the answer to his difficulties with liquor. As a result of this my wife saw the doctor. Then I talked with him, spent a few days in a local hospital and haven't had a drink since.RA
RA"While in the hospital about twenty men called on me and told me of their experiences and the help they had received. Of the twenty I happened to know five, three of whom I had never seen completely sober. I became convinced then and there that if these men had learned something that could keep them sober, I also could profit from the same knowledge. Before leaving the hospital, two of these men, convinced of my sincerity of purpose, imparted to me the necessary knowledge and mental tools which have resulted in my complete sobriety for thirteen months, and an assurance that I need never, so long as I live, drink anything of an alcoholic nature if I kept on the right track.RA
RA"My health is better, I enjoy a fellowship which gives me a happier life than I have ever known, and my family joins me in a daily expression of gratitude."
 
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Q"I have recovered by God's grace, through R.A.'s Twelve Step program of recovery. After years of struggling in other programs, I am very grateful that I can now introduce myself in this way. I have a question. A hospital near here has inpatient and outpatient programs for people with compulsive or addictive problems and behaviors. They hold meetings for almost every Twelve Step Program. However, the name of the hospital is in the name of each group. I feel that they do this to get free advertising. Their name is on the meeting lists of all these programs. Now, they are starting an R.A. Group. They intend to use their name in the name of their R.A. Group. They also want us to place it on our meeting list. I feel that this will make it look like the R.A. Group is affiliated with that hospital. I don't think this is in keeping with the Sixth Tradition. Can you offer any advice?"RA
QYou are correct. Having the name of the hospital in the name of the R.A. Group would be a clear violation of R.A.'s Sixth Tradition. R.A. Groups meet in many different locations. For example, they meet in churches, temples, schools, and libraries. R.A. Groups also meet in hospitals, rehabs, and other similar facilities. In R.A., we understand that the name and address of each location needs to be listed so that people can find these meetings. However, the name of the R.A. Group should not include the name of the building or facility where the group is meeting. RA
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RAIn R.A., we suggest that R.A. Groups simply name themselves after the day, time, and place where they meet. For example, "The Wednesday, 7:30 P.M., Commack R.A. Group." They may also choose an additional name for their group such as "Serenity" or "Recovery," etc. RA
RASince we are discussing how to name an R.A. Group, we want to make another recommendation. We suggest that R.A. Groups not name themselves after real people. It is not important if the person has died or is still living. It is not relevant if the person is, or was, an R.A. member. An R.A. Group can respect the spirit of the Sixth Tradition by following this suggestion.RA
RAR.A.'s Sixth Tradition is very clear. It says that an R.A. Group should never even seem to endorse an outside enterprise. This means that an R.A. Group needs to be very careful when choosing a name. If they include the name of the church, temple, school, library, hospital, rehab, facility, or any other location where they are meeting in the group's name, they will be implying an affiliation with that location.RA
    This is a preview of the chapter about the Sixth Tradition that will be in "R.A.'s Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions Revealed" which will be published in the coming year.
 
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To find out more about our Twelve Step Fellowship, and how you can get started working the Twelve Steps of our Solution Focused Program of Recovery, we suggest that you visit our web site and Download R.A.'s "How To Begin…" guides. This includes R.A.'s Newcomer Guide, "How To Begin Living In The Solution."

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Move up to the next step in your search for recovery by downloading and reading the PDF versions of R.A.'s Solution Focused Books. We do not charge for the PDF versions of our books. Instead, we give the passwords needed to open our books to thank those who support our efforts to help others. You can show your support by making a small, one time, tax-free contribution to R.A., or, if you truly cannot afford to make a contribution at this time, by filling out our Feedback Form. RA
    If you are reading this, you have probably spent a lot of time and energy trying things that did not work out the way you hoped they would. Doesn't it make sense to invest a little more time and energy in this time-proven method of finding the recovery you've been seeking? As the pioneers promise in the Multilith Big Book: ''It works—it really does. Try it.''

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