Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA) Wants to Work With You
Cooperation with the professional community (CPC) is a goal of SAA
SAA and you have a common purpose: to help the sex addict who still suffers. We strongly believe that SAA complements professional therapeutic treatment in ways we will explain below. We welcome your comments and suggestions about this web page or any other outreach effort; they help us work more effectively with you.
What is SAA?
SAA is a Twelve Step program, run by SAA members, not professionals. The members can form very strong interpersonal bonds because they have the malady of sex addiction in common, and there is deep mutual understanding not always available in clinical, therapeutic settings. This can reduce the level of shame that many sex addicts feel, and allow them to open up and stop hiding, perhaps for the first time. In this environment of love and acceptance, members can accept hard truths and the need for change. Members can truly thrive with the healing that comes from “working the program”.
A successful SAA program consists of meetings, working the Twelve Steps with a sponsor, literature, and phone calls, and other connections between meetings. The focus at meetings is on helping the addict work the Twelve Steps (adapted from AA) for the purpose of recovery. Meeting formats range from open discussion to step study to recovery planning. For more on this see our page on “Types of Meetings”. Strict anonymity and confidentiality are observed, to encourage honesty and openness in sharing.
Meetings are open to anyone who has a desire to stop addictive sexual behavior. There is no other requirement. The fellowship is open to women and men regardless of age, race, religion, ethnic background, marital status, or occupation. Members of any sexual identity or orientation are welcomed, whether they are gay, lesbian, straight, bisexual, or transgender. No one has to hide or change their sexual orientation or marital status to participate fully in SAA. We are all equal.
We have found that the steps are best worked with the help of a more-experienced member, called a sponsor. Contact with other members between meetings is also encouraged and fostered.
As with other Twelve Step groups, the emphasis is on treating our addiction as a spiritual malady. Through working the steps, meditation and prayer, the program seeks to build a firm spiritual foundation on which to live better lives. However, SAA is not a religious program; each member finds their own higher power from whom they seek guidance, which need not be a deity of any kind. By sharing experience, strength and hope with one another we grow spiritually together, as a Fellowship, in order to carry the message of recovery to other addicts.
How Can We Connect With You?
We can give you a free subscription to the bimonthly publication The Outer Circle which contains articles written by members of the fellowship. You can also sign up to receive e-mail or paper mail announcements for things such as open speaker meetings and retreats or workshops for sex addicts. We can also send you pamphlets and other literature to help you introduce us to your clients. Most importantly, we would be glad to set up a time to come and talk to you and your practice about SAA. Please call or email our CPC Coordinator (Keith M) or our Outreach Coordinator (Mike K) to make arrangements. There is also a link below to a PowerPoint presentation about SAA and our efforts to cooperate with the professional community.