Al-Anon's 12 Concepts
The Twelve Concepts are guides for service.
- "Keep it simple."
- "Easy does it."
- "First things first."
- "Just for today."
- "Let it begin with me."
- "How important is it?"
- "One day at a time."
- "Keep an open mind."
- "Live and let live."
- "Let go and let God."
- "Keep coming back."
- "It works if you work it, so work it 'cause your worth it!"
- "Take what you like and leave the ;rest."
- "Principles above personalities."
- "Progress not Perfection."
- "Love, learn and grow."
The 12 Steps are the foundation for personal recovery in Al-Anon. Under the Recovery heading you'll find information for your personal recovery interests. Check the Meetings page for general information on our meetings, on the monthly Speaker Meeting, and also for special notices. Day-in-Al-anon is a yearly event -- usually close to Valentine's Day -- full of special workshops, food, donation drawing prizes, special speakers, and lots of fellowship. Highly recommended! Also of general interest is the Literature and Newsletter pages.
The 12 Traditions help Al-Anon groups sustain their unity and fellowship. You will information on this site to support meeting groups. If you are wondering how the groups provide members' pamphlets and books, the Literature page has instructions for groups in the District 14 area. If you are interested in helping members of your group contribute to our newsletter, you'll find information on this Newsletter page.
The 12 Concepts of Service provide guidance for service in the Al-Anon fellowship. Here you will find information supporting the activities of the District as it act in service toward our primary goal to carry the message to others who still suffer. From time to time we will post important information from district officials, such as the District Representative, for support of all the groups and service positions within the District. The Day-in-Al-anon page has special information for organizing and providing service to our yearly event. The Newsletter page has details and suggestions for contributing to our newsletter.
October 27: Celebrate the 17th Anniversary of District 14's Open Speaker Meeting! Workshop at 11am on Transforming our Losses at Hillcrest Congregational Church in Pleasant Hill, lunch with guest speaker Sarah R., and evening Open Speaker Meeting 6:30 – 9:00pm Kaiser Walnut Creek, 1515 Newell, 3rd Floor, Oak Room 1.
Have an announcement you would like to see posted here? Email us!
Beginning September 7: Friday 7:30pm Pleasant Hill Al-Anon Adult Children meeting moves to Hillcrest Congregational Church, 404 Gregory Lane, Room 16.
Group representatives: Please contact us with any meeting changes to announce.
The Twelve Concepts
The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions are guides for personal growth and group unity. The Twelve Concepts are guides for service. They show how Twelve Step work can be done on a broad scale and how members of a World Service Office can relate to each other and to the groups, through a World Service Conference, to spread Al-Anon’s message worldwide.
- The Ultimate Responsibility and Authority for Al-Anon World Services Belongs to the Al-Anon Groups.
- The Al-Anon Family Groups Have Delegated Complete Administrative and Operational Authority to their Conference and its Service Arms.
- The Right of Decision Makes Effective Leadership Possible.
- Participation is the Key to Harmony.
- The Rights of Appeal and Petition Protect Minorities and Assure That They Be Heard.
- The Conference Acknowledges the Primary Administrative Responsibility of the Trustees.
- The Trustees have Legal Rights While the Rights of the Conference are Traditional.
- The Board of Trustees Delegates Full Authority for Routine Management of Al-Anon Headquarters to its Executive Committees.
- Good Personal Leadership at All Service Levels is a Necessity. In the Field of World Service the Board of Trustees Assumes the Primary Leadership.
- Service Responsibility is Balanced by Carefully Defined Service Authority and Double-Headed Management is Avoided.
- The World Service Office is Composed of Selected Committees, Executives and Staff Members.
- The Spiritual Foundation for Al-Anon’s World Services is Contained in the General Warranties of the Conference, Article 12 of the Charter. In all proceedings the World Service Conference of Al-Anon shall observe the spirit of the Traditions.