The first of the 12 traditions promote unity within the AA group. This is intended to set the message that the group aims to beat alcoholism together. Without this kind of unity, the road to recovery would be difficult. Any kind of dysfunction that is brought into the group will likely jeopardize the moral.
It should be noted that every member should be included, so they do not feel like they are being left out. Any member who would feel left out of the group would see no point in attending meetings and would leave the group. The group also aims to give every person a chance to be heard, even if they have a different viewpoint. Before any decision within the group is made, all opinions must be heard. The exchange of ideas is often encouraged and appreciated so long as the members abide by the first tradition.
Those who are new to AA may make the mistake of disregarding the 12 traditions and focus more on the 12 steps. This should not be the case as the two exist to complement each other. The 12 Traditions should be viewed as a map to help members navigate through their mission of complete sobriety. The 12 steps should serve as small “destinations” they visit along the way.
Tradition One plays a vital role in a member’s effort to achieve sobriety. It also serves a purpose in creating a cohesive, united culture for each member and their families. This means that in a family setting, the tradition of unity must reign supreme. Many family issues can be settled in a manner adapted by the first tradition. Each family member is encouraged to voice their ideas and concerns while the others listen. Finally, the family can come to a common resolution that can preserve cohesion.