The 2019 Delegate Training Sub Committee Survey indicated interest in education on The Twelve Traditions. These skits on the Twelve Traditions were written and performed by Oaks PA 076 members for a live workshop and offered to the DTSC for fellowship use.

The skits in these files are meant to encourage discussion and learning. We have created functional as well as dysfunctional versions with Laundry List and Other Laundry List Traits acted out. You will also find that more than one Tradition may apply to a skit.  The booklet Good Enough Group lists The Traditions and questions that pertain to each one. We encourage the use of this booklet with the Tradition Meditations, and the questions we have created here as you listen.

Some of these skits along with Laundry List Traits served to provide insights on how our Laundry List Traits may interfere in meetings and business meetings. You or your group may find the individual Traditions beneficial to play for use at a monthly Tradition meeting or to present a fun workshop of your own.

In coming months, the written skits, and all Twelve Traditions will be added as Oaks PA 076 continues recording. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy listening and find valuable insights. For questions and comments, you may contact us at

You can download a PDF of the questions here.

Enjoy the following audio files:


TRADITION ONE – Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends on ACA unity.

How might changing meeting time affect group unity?

How would changing the business meeting agenda if a time sensitive issue came up be handled?

TRADITION TWO – For our group purpose there is but one authority – a loving God as expressed in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.

Although the chairperson meant to be courteous to the women in the group what Laundry List and Other Laundry List Traits were being acted out?

How does the Flip Side and the Other Flip Side of the Laundry Lists strengthen this meeting?

TRADITION THREE – The only requirement for membership in ACA is a desire to recover from the effects of growing up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional family.

How does focusing on our differences deter us from recovery?

How does acceptance and inclusion aid our recovery?

TRADITION FOUR – Each group is autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or ACA as a whole. We cooperate with all other Twelve Step programs.

What other Traditions are at play in skit 4?

If a group decided to allow only members who practiced a specific religion or form of spirituality how could that affect other groups or ACA as a whole?

TRADITION FIVE – Each group has but one primary purpose – to carry its message to the adult child who still suffers.

What Laundry List and Other Laundry Lists Traits are being triggered?

What affirmations or tools might the group employ to curb reacting?

Why would using the sale of items to pay rent be detrimental to the group?

When might a fundraiser be appropriate?

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

How is the mention of autonomy and Tradition Four accurate or inaccurate to this skit?

How might Tradition Ten and being drawn into public controversy here affect this group, Intergroup or Region?

How could your group address a domineering member in a healthy way?

How would the Flip Sides of the Laundry Lists guide healthy interactions here?


TRADITION SEVEN – Every ACA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.

If the group accepted the office space and gave out business cards how might this lead to entanglement or division among it’s members?

What two other Traditions are at risk of being violated here?

Hint: Lending the ACA name

Hint: Saying that ACA supports this or that cause is contrary to which Tradition? 

TRADITION EIGHT – Adult Children of Alcoholics should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.

How might the group or person who nominated Lee address the motion of paying him and what tradition would that speak to?

Why would it not be in the groups best interest to pay Lee?

When would hiring a special worker be a good idea?

Do you know any position in ACA WSO that currently employs a special worker?

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

TRADITION 10 – Adult Children of Alcoholics has no opinion on outside issues; hence the ACA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.

TRADITION 11 – Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion;  we maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, TV, films, and other public media.

TRADITION 12 – Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.