Twelve Traditions for Mar-Anon *

These guidelines have been the means of promoting harmony and growth in many Twelve  Step programs. Experience suggests that the unity of the group depends upon adherence to these  Traditions. (Adapted from Marijuana Anonymous) 

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon Mar-Anon unity. 
  2. For our group purpose, there is but one ultimate authority, a loving Higher Power whose expression may come through in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern. 
  3. The only requirement for membership is to be affected by another’s marijuana use.  
  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or Mar Anon as a whole. 
  5. Each Mar-Anon group has but one purpose: to help and support those affected by another’s marijuana use.
  6. Mar-Anon groups ought never to endorse, finance, or lend the Mar-Anon name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose. 
  7. Every Mar-Anon group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions. 
  8. Mar-Anon should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers. 
  9. Mar-Anon, as such, ought never to be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve. 
  10. Mar-Anon has no opinion on outside issues; hence the Mar-Anon name ought never to be drawn into public controversy. 
  11. Our public relations policy is based upon attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, TV, film, and other public media. We need to guard with special care the anonymity of all fellow Mar-Anon members. 
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

Letter:  I Have a Marijuana Addiction. I Need your Help. 

You are not alone!

*The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous have been reprinted and adapted with the permission of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. (“AAWS”). Permission to reprint and adapt the Twelve Steps 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 Steps 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.