Recovery in the Lifestyle : RitL is a fellowship of BDSM lifestyle people and guests who are in recovery or would like to be. It is based on the 12 steps of recovery and recognizes that anonymity is most important for us all.

7th Tradition Contributions for Recovery in the Lifestyle

The RitL 7th Tradition reads:
"Every Recovery group ought to be fully self-supporting,
declining outside contributions."


We are overjoyed to say that RitL has grown significantly since our inception in July of 2005! We have gone from 1 monthly meeting to over a dozen groups throughout the country!

As with any growing group a prudent reserve is critical. The prudent reserve serves to cover the basic RitL operating costs, as well as enabling us to support our fellowship.

General Services is now taking 7th tradition donations and group disbursements in two formats: a check in the mail, or a secured online payment. If you would like to contribute, or simply receive more information about a contribution, please contact us at

To read more about the history of the process and the specifics of these discussions in our meeting minutes, they are available for download in our online document center. We will continue to be transparent in our use of fellowship funds and make sure that they are put to the best use of the fellowship and in how the groups/members vote for their usage.

As our fellowship has grown, more groups and members are bringing ideas to General Services consider for future implementation. Growing as a fellowship, having our own literature, medallions, and so forth means that we will need to have a greater prudent reserve in place; should we decide as a fellowship to do any of those things. Historically we have maintained a very small prudent reserve which only barely covered the two online domains each year that are maintained for the fellowship: &

As we are an AA World Services approved 12-Step fellowship, we often model our actions after their experiences. Though because the RitL fellowship includes membership from multiple programs that also influences the changes we are experiencing in our growth. AA elaborates on the 7th tradition and finances in the pamphlet called "Self-Support: Where Money and Spirituality Mix".

We also hold quarterly General Service conference calls. For more information about these calls, and GS-RitL in general, please visit our General Services webpage.

In service and fellowship,
Your General Services Committee

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