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The Gamblers Anonymous Unity Programme
The Gamblers Anonymous Unity Programme is a framework for the well-being of individual groups and the Fellowship as a whole. The Unity Programme is outlined in 12 principles and is meant to insure the continuity and perpetuity of Gamblers Anonymous.
In order to maintain the Fellowship for present and future members, both individual and groups follow the proven concepts upon which the Unity Programme is based. The essence of this programme is in the preservation of common welfare. Members understand that what is best for the group is best for the individual.
The Unity Programme serves to protect the Fellowship from disruption. Members work together under the principles of unity in order to preserve and perpetuate the opportunity for themselves and other compulsive gamblers to recover and grow within the Fellowship.
Unity is the most precious quality our society possesses. Our lives and the lives of all to come depend squarely upon it. Yet unity in Gamblers Anonymous cannot automatically sustain itself. Like personal recovery it demands honesty, open mindedness, and above all, vigilance. In the words of Benjamin Franklin, “We must hang together or assuredly we shall all hang separately”. So there can be no sacrifice too great if it will strengthen our essential Unity. In maintaining unity we have begun to traditionally practice the following principles.
In order to maintain unity our experience has shown that:…
1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon group unity.
2. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
3. The only requirement for Gamblers Anonymous membership is a desire to stop gambling.
4. Each group should be self-governing except in matters affecting other groups or Gamblers Anonymous as a whole.
5. Gamblers Anonymous has but one primary purpose – to carry its message to the compulsive gambler who still suffers.
6. 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.
7. Every Gamblers Anonymous Group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
8. Gamblers Anonymous should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
9. Gamblers Anonymous, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
10. Gamblers Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the Gamblers Anonymous 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, films, television and Internet.
12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of the Gamblers Anonymous Programme, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.