Unity Step 11

Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, films and television

Gamblers Anonymous does not compare itself to any other group, nor does it boast of its accomplishments and abilities to the public. However, Gamblers Anonymous does make itself available to anyone interested in the Fellowship or in the gambling problem.

In order to make the Fellowship visible, Gamblers Anonymous informs and educates the public about the problem of compulsive gambling and about the Fellowship itself. Personal stories of members in newspapers, magazines, on radio and television, as well as spot announcements all help to spread an awareness of Gamblers Anonymous. The Fellowship does not glorify the name of Gamblers Anonymous or its merits as a group rather, it works to encourage compulsive gamblers attend the Fellowship’s meetings.

Personal publicity is always shunned, and anonymity is carefully preserved because the Fellowship of Gamblers Anonymous is more important than any one member. By maintaining this policy, any problems that accrue to an individual member cannot harm the Fellowship. Similarly, any achievements attained by individuals working in the program, benefit the group as a whole. This step is a constant and practical reminder that personal ambition has no place within the Fellowship’s public relations program.

There is a need to present to the public an insight to the problem of compulsive gambling, its effects and the program of recovery offered by the Gamblers Anonymous Fellowship. This can be accomplished with respect and dignity. In the meaning of this Unity Step it is not breaking anonymity if we choose to relate to family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc. that we are member of Gamblers Anonymous.

The Fellowship does not boast about our accomplishments or beat the drum for new members. We do not promote the name of Gamblers Anonymous.