Lip Balm Anonymous encourages those seeking help to attend our meetings and speak with others in recovery. The close, personal, contact that our meetings provide allow people seeking recovery to internalize and see their problem for what it is.
Lip Balm Anonymous members adhere to a set of principles which are listed in Twelve Steps and we also follow the Twelve Traditions.
- We admitted we were powerless over lip balm — that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
- Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
- Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other lip balm addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
- Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon member unity.
- 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.
- The only requirement for LBA membership is a desire to stop using lip balm.
- Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or LBA as a whole.
- Each group has but one primary purpose–to carry its message to the addict who still suffers.
- An LBA group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the LBA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
- Every LBA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
- Lip Balm Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional.
- LBA, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service board or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
- Lip Balm Anonymous Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the LBA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
- 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.
- Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.