Later, guidance for individual behavior was also recognized. The pamphlet "12 Traditions Illustrated" gives examples of Tradition guidance for recovered behavior.
Just as self-will can destroy the individual alcoholic, if AA is to decline in the future the problem will be through self-will of the very people whose lives it saves: the AA members – us!. The Traditions are here to save AA from us! They were first published in 1946, seven years after the publication of the first edition of the book Alcoholics Anonymous. The most important source of information on the Traditions is the appendix at the back of the Big Book called The AA Tradition. We have also found useful information in The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, AA Comes of Age and The 12 Traditions Illustrated.