to maintain unity, our experience has shown that
Our common welfare should come
first; personal recovery depends upon group unity.
Our leaders are but trusted
servants; they do not govern.
The only requirement for
Gamblers Anonymous membership is a desire to stop gambling.
Each group should be
self-governing except in matters affecting other groups or Gamblers
Anonymous as a whole.
Gamblers Anonymous has but one
primary purpose - to carry its message to the compulsive gambler who
Gamblers Anonymous ought never
endorse, finance or lend the Gamblers Anonymous name to any related
facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and
prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
Every Gamblers Anonymous Group
ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
Gamblers Anonymous should
remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ
Gamblers Anonymous, as such,
ought never be or organized; but we may create service boards or
committees directly responsible to those they serve.
Gamblers Anonymous has no
opinion on outside issues; hence the Gamblers Anonymous name ought
never be drawn into public controversy.
Our public relations policy
is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain
personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, films and television.
Anonymity is the spiritual
foundation of the Gamblers Anonymous program,
ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.