PRIMARY PURPOSE GROUP for “All Addicts ” and more…

If you need help for addictions or other issues that keep you from you highest good, we welcome you and anyone interested in learning more about this highly successful program of recovery and way of life.

This group is inclusive of all those who wish to live by spiritual principles as outlined in the text of Alcoholics Anonymous, (the Big Book). We recover by following directions, taking the Twelve Steps precisely by the “Big Book”. We continue in helping others to recover by following the simple program of action revealed in that Book.

Modern success rates of A.A. and other 12- step recovery groups have plummeted. If you have gone to groups, therapy and discussion meetings; if you feel confused and overwhelmed and are wondering why you're not getting better, we welcome you. The problem, we believe, is that many programs have strayed far from the original principles of the founders. The Primary Purpose programs bring us back to the highly sucessful methods used by the first one hundred men and women of Alcoholics Anonymous. In this, we have found healing and a new way of living. You can too.

When Founder Bill W."s authored The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions
he wrote that the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous is still the Basic Text for A.A.

Here are the Twelve Steps as adapted to our group:

1. We admitted we were powerless over our addiction or challenges, that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood him.
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7. Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of his will for us and the power to carry that out.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.


The Twelve Traditions

are for our group functioning in unity and service. Here they are in their original form.

1 —Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity.
2— For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority—a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
3— The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.
4— Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole.
5— Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
6— An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
7— Every A.A. group ought to be self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
8— Alcoholics Anonymous should forever remain non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
9— A.A. as such, ought never be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
10— Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinions on outside issues; hence the A.A. 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 and films.

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

That Ain't In The Book!

The Big Book
tells us we have “ a hopeless condition of mind and body” and that our only hope is that we must have an “entire psychic change”. The book outlines precisely the steps must take, and how to take them in order to have that fundamental change and recover.

Here are a few examples of what is heard at "Anonymous" meetings that Ain't In The Book!

Don't drink and go to meetings

Page 59, paragraph 3: "Here are the steps we took, which are suggested as a program of recovery: ..."

Just do the next right thing
Page 86, paragraph 4: "We may not be able to determine which course to take. Here we ask God for inspiration, an intuitive thought or a decision."
Page 87, paragraph 1: "Being still inexperienced and having just made conscious contact with God, it is not probable that we are going to be inspired at all times. We might pay for this presumption in all sorts of absurd actions and ideas."

Remember your last drunk
Page 24, Paragraph 2: "We are unable, at times, to bring into our consciousness with sufficient force the memory of the suffering and humiliation of even a week or a month ago. We are without defense against the first drink."

I haven't had a drink today, so I'm a success today.
Page 19, paragraph 1: "The elimination of drinking is but a beginning. A much more important demonstration of our principles lies before us in our respective homes, occupations and affairs."

This is a selfish program
Page 14-15: "For if an alcoholic failed to perfect and enlarge his spiritual life through work and self-sacrifice for others, he could not survive the certain trials and low spots ahead."
Page 20, paragraph 1: "Our very lives, as ex-problem drinkers depend upon our constant thought of others and how we may help meet their needs."
Page 62, paragraph 2: "Selfishness, self-centeredness! That, we think, is the root of our troubles."
Page 62, paragraph 3: "So our troubles, we think, are basically of our own making. They arise out of ourselves, and the alcoholic is an extreme example of self-will run riot, though he usually doesn't think so. Above everything, we alcoholics must be rid of this selfishness. We must, or it kill us!"
Page 97, paragraph 2: "Helping others is the foundation stone of your recovery. A kindly act once in a while isn't enough. You have to act the Good Samaritan every day, if need be. It may mean the loss of many nights' sleep, great interference with your pleasures, interruptions to your business. It may mean sharing your money and your home, counseling frantic wives and relatives, innumerable trips to police courts, sanitariums, hospitals, jails and asylums. Your telephone may jangle at any time of the day or night."

Don't drink, even if your ass falls off.
Page 34, paragraph 2: "Many of us felt we had plenty of character. There was a tremendous urge to cease forever. Yet we found it impossible. This is the baffling feature of alcoholism as we know it—this utter inability to leave it alone, no matter how great the necessity or the wish."

I choose not to drink today
Page 24 Paragraph 2: "The fact is that most alcoholics, for reasons yet obscure, have lost the power of choice in drink."

Play the tape all the way through
Page 24, paragraph 3: "The almost certain consequences that follow taking even a glass of beer do not crowd into the mind to deter us. If these thoughts do occur, they are hazy and readily supplanted with the old threadbare idea that this time we shall handle ourselves like other people. There is a complete failure of the kind of defense that keeps one from putting his hand on a hot stove."

I will always be recovering, never recovered.
Title Page: "ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS. The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism"

Foreword to the First Edition: "We, of Alcoholics Anonymous, are more than one hundred men and women who have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body."

Don't drink, no matter what.
Page 34, paragraph 2: "Many of us felt we had plenty of character. There was a tremendous urge to cease forever. Yet we found it impossible. This is the baffling feature of alcoholism as we know it—this utter inability to leave it alone, no matter how great the necessity or the wish."

Take what you like and leave the rest
Page 17, paragraph 3: "The tremendous fact for every one of us is that we have discovered a common solution. We have a way out on which we can absolutely agree, and upon which we can join in brotherly and harmonious action. This is the great news this book carries to those who suffer from alcoholism."

The Primary Purpose Big Book Study Guide-- from Dallas PPG

This Study Guide was created to enable the student to better understand the information the authors of the book, Alcoholics Anonymous,
intended to impart to each of us based on their experience and knowledge of alcoholism and their Program of Recovery.
It can be used by an individual or by a group. This Guide is intended to examine the content of virtually every sentence
in the basic text of the Big Book. It is available through

Primary Purpose Groups around the world offer meetings that closely adhere to the original intent and meaning of the Big Book
and its Founders, the first 100 A.A.'s who were so successful. Many A.A. groups also use the name "Primary Purpose",
but the ones in this closer following of the Big Book are now using the Primary Purpose Big Book Study Guide.

The members of the groups listed here are mostly recovered and recovering alcoholics, and they are very kind and helpful,
and full of good information. Many of them will help anyone with any addictive problem. Their meetings generally are inclusive of anyone interested.

Find out more about the Big Book and the Primary Purpose groups at these links:

Original (Dallas) Group

London group, with online chat & meetings


Foundation meeting
A "must- do" to find out WHY it is imperative
to study and stick very closely to the Big Book.

“All Addicts” BIG BOOK STUDY Yahoo GROUP online

Visit our Overeaters Recovery Page with many helpful links including
Live and recorded nationwide phone meetings open to anyone 24/7 !


Also of Note:



This site is not affiliated with the entities of A.A. or other “Anonymous” programs.
The only requirement for membership in All Addicts Anonymous PrimaryPurpose (AAAPP)
is a desire to stop compulsively acting out in our problem behaviors.