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The 12 Traditions of Sex Addicts Anonymous

Hands
1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon SAA unity.
People
2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority — a loving God as expressed in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
One
3. The only requirement for SAA membership is a desire to stop addictive sexual behavior.
Check
4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or SAA as a whole.
Target
5. Each group has but one primary purpose — to carry its message to the sex addict who still suffers.
Stop
6. An SAA group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the SAA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
Cash
7. Every SAA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
Anonymous
8. Sex Addicts Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
Organized
9. SAA, as such, ought never be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
Silence
10. Sex Addicts Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the SAA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
Attraction
11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, TV, and films.
Foundation
12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

The purpose of these Traditions

“At every level of our service structure we are guided by the Twelve Traditions of SAA, as adapted from the Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous. Just as the Steps teach us the spiritual principles necessary for healthy individual recovery, the Traditions embody the spiritual principles necessary for the healthy functioning of our groups. Adhering to these principles safeguards our fellowship, thus protecting the recovery of each individual member. We have found that they also help us to act with integrity in our personal relationships and as responsible members of society.” (Sex Addicts Anonymous)

What to do next.

If you are ready to get started, find a meeting near you. If you have questions about the 12 Traditions and what they contain, please contact us. We have many members in the program that can help you answer these questions and many more. In Sex Addicts Anonymous we strive to make you feel welcomed to all of our meetings.

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