Path

The 12 Steps are the heart of our program.
The work of recovery is described in the Twelve Steps.

The 12 Steps of Sex Addicts Anonymous.

Unmanageable
1. We admitted we were powerless over addictive sexual behavior - that our lives had become unmanageable.
Key
2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Options
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God.
Search
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Talk
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Ready
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Ask
7. Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.
List
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
Amends
9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Inventory
10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
Improve
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God's will for us and the power to carry that out.
Help
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to other sex addicts and to practice these principles in our lives.

What we learned.

“We have learned from hard experience that we cannot achieve and maintain abstinence if we aren’t willing to change our way of life. But if we can honestly face our problems, and are willing to change, the Twelve Steps of SAA will lead to an awakening that allows us to live a new way of life according to spiritual principles. Taking these steps allows fundamental change to occur in our lives. They are the foundation of our recovery.” (Sex Addicts Anonymous)   

Sponsors as a guide.

“One of the most vital aspects of the program is sponsorship. A sponsor is a person in the fellowship who acts as a guide to working the program of SAA, a fellow addict that we can rely upon for support. Ideally, a sponsor is abstinent from addictive sexual behavior, has worked the steps, and can teach us what he or she has learned from working the program. We can learn from a sponsor’s experience, struggles, successes, and mistakes. Our sponsor can help explain program fundamentals, such as how to define our sexual sobriety. Most importantly, sponsors guide us through the Twelve Steps.” (Sex Addicts Anonymous)

Learn more about sponsorship

What to do next.

If you are ready to get started, find a meeting near you. If you have questions about the 12 Steps that are at the heart of our program, please contact us. We have many members in the program that can help you answer these questions and many more.

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