A Message for the Newcomer
Brothers and Sisters,
Welcome from the NYC Intergroup of Sexaholics Anonymous! For those new to recovery and to the 12 Steps, we want to summarize some of the experience, strength, and hope that we've heard from sober members of our fellowship, as well as others who have gone before us in this journey.
Capital “SA” stands for Sexaholics Anonymous, one of several 12-Step fellowships which focus on recovery from sexual addiction. Some folks use “sa” to stand for “sex addiction” and that could cause confusion. SA is different from the other S–fellowships in that it has a specific sobriety definition, no sex with self or outside of marriage, and progressive victory over lust. More info can be found at SA.org.
What is Addiction?
The most helpful information for us was found in the AA Big Book (The Doctor's Opinion, Bill's Story, More About Alcoholism) and the SA White Book (A Personal Story, Sexaholism—The Addiction, Lust—The Force Behind the Addiction, The Spiritual Basis of Addiction). (We saw that our problem was threefold: physical, emotional, and spiritual. Healing had to come about in all three. “The Solution” SA White Book) Our experience and observation is that other “answers” that focus solely on medical/chemical treatments or emotional therapies or religion alone rarely work as well as the 12-Steps.
How to get Started:
If questions arise about the Steps or recovery, ask your sponsor or members of your group, or here online.
This was all suggested to us when we came into the Program. As our fellowship has grown and many SAs have been blessed with years of sobriety, we can say that the Program has worked for us—one day at a time. Maybe it won't work for some folks. But we think it might!
The following brochures are available for download, courtesy of SA International.