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The Twelve Traditions of Hair Pullers Anonymous

1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon group unity.

2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority -- a loving higher power as expressed to our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.

3. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop pulling.

4. Each group should remain autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or HPA as a whole.

5. Each group has but one primary purpose -- to carry its message to other hair pullers who still suffer.

6. An HPA group ought never endorse, finance or lend the HPA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.

7. HPA ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.

8. HPA should remain forever non--professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.

9. HPA, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.

10. HPA has no opinion on outside issues; hence the HPA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.

11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, and films.

12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions: ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.


The Twelve Traditions have been adapted with permission of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services Inc.
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