The 12 Traditions

  1. Our common welfare should come first — couple recovery depends upon RCA unity.
  2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority, a loving God as know in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
  3. The only requirement for RCA membership is a desire to remain in a committed relationship.
  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or RCA as a whole.
  5. Each group has but one primary purpose, to carry its message to recovering couples who still suffer.
  6. RCA ought never endorse, finance, or lend the RCA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. Every RCA group should be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Recovering Couples Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. RCA, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. Recovering Couples Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the RCA 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, TV and films.
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

The Twelve Tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous have been adapted with the permission of Alcoholics Anonymous
World Services, Inc. Permission to adapt the Twelve Traditions does not mean that Alcoholics Anonymous is
affiliated with this program. A.A. is a program of recovery from alcoholism only — use of A.A.’s Traditions or an
adapted version in connection with programs and activities which are patterned after A.A., but which address other
problems, or use in any other non-A.A. context, does not imply otherwise.

Recovering Couples Anonymous: A Twelve-Step Program for Couples (4th edition 2011, at p. 56) (error corrected in
Tradition. 8). © 1991, 2011 by the World Service Organization for Recovering Couples Anonymous, Inc. All rights