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“Because it has now become plain enough that only a recovered alcoholic can do much for a sick alcoholic, a tremendous responsibility has descended upon us all, an obligation so great that it amounts to a sacred trust. For to our kind, those who suffer alcoholism, recovery is a matter of life or death. So the Society of Alcoholics Anonymous cannot, it dare not, ever be diverted from its primary purpose.”

TRADITION FIVE: Each group has but one primary purpose — to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
c. 1988, The Language of the Heart, page 82

 

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