Literature

“Our fellowship is open to women and men, regardless of age, race, religion, ethnic background, marital status, or occupation. We welcome members of any sexual identity or orientation, whether they are gay, lesbian, straight, bisexual, or transgender.”

Sex Addicts Anonymous, p. 1-2

Literature and Other Media

One of the most important tools of recovery is literature. Literature is like having a portable program. It can go anywhere, and it will reinforce the ideas you hear at meetings. Keep literature available and carry it around with you. It is especially valuable when you travel, as you may not have easy access to meetings.

In early sobriety, read literature even when you don't feel like it. It really helps! You might consider establishing a daily routine reading a defined amount of program literature. Even just a few minutes a day can make a difference.

We would like to call your attention to two pamphlets. One is entitled A Special Welcome to the Woman Newcomer. It contains information about attending mixed meetings, sharing during meetings, triggering others at meetings, and being attracted to others at meetings, just to name a few topics.

Another pamphlet is Safe and Sexually Sober Meetings: Helping Women Feel Welcome in Your Meeting. We recommend you obtain these pamphlets along with other literature. Many groups make the pamphlets available in their meeting rooms. SAA Literature is also available in Spanish.

There are many more SAA pamphlets and books that you can order from the International Service Organization (ISO) of SAA, or you can read them online in the Literature section of this website.

In addition to printed literature, the ISO offers numerous audio recordings of SAA speakers and workshops in MP3 format or on CDs. Below is a list of recordings of female speakers and workshops addressing women in SAA. Although this list contains only female speakers, we may also learn much from recordings of other workshops, as well.

  • 2012 Sunday Luncheon - Panel - Louise G, Shelley K and Francie E
  • 2011 Opening Ceremony Speakers - Judy & Gene G
  • 2011 Sunday Lunch Speaker - Francie E
  • 2010 Monday Brunch - Mark A, Annie R, Robert S, Elizabeth N, Jim M
  • 2010 Opening Ceremony - Valorie F, Richard S
  • 2010 Saturday Banquet - Kimberly S
  • 2010 How to Start a Women's Meeting - Sheila B
  • 2009 Monday Brunch - Francie E, Jim C, and Wharton S
  • 2009 Sunday Lunch - Tom K, Mary Joy S
  • 2008 Monday Brunch - Women's Panel
  • 2007 Welcoming Women into SAA - Elizabeth N and June P
  • 2007 Saturday Banquet: First woman in SAA - Jeanne O
  • 2006 Saturday Banquet - Carol Ann R
  • 2005 Sunday Lunch Keynote Speaker - Dolores F
  • 2004 Convention Opening - Elizabeth S

Personal Stories in Sex Addicts Anonymous (Green Book)

Sex Addicts Anonymous, the SAA Green Book, was written by SAA members in the fellowship and approved by the ISO Literature Committee. It is the most detailed and comprehensive description available of the SAA program of recovery and the SAA fellowship.

In this book, members, groups, and the general public will find the SAA program of recovery - drawn and written from the experience, strength, and hope of the fellowship.

Below is a list of the Personal Stories in Sex Addicts Anonymous, relating to women. One can read these stories online by going to the electronic version of the Green Book.

Personal Story Page
2. A Phone Call Saved Her Life   114
5. Her Dreams Are Coming True 129
8. A Nun and a Sex Addict 139
10. Sexual Anorexic 145
14. Living Amends 161
18. Many Hurdles to Jump 182
22. Staying on the Path 205
25. From Insanity to Serenity 215
29. A New Journey 236
31. Breaking the Silence 244
34. Now She Has Hope 263
37. Self-Acceptance 274
41. It Works if We Work It 294
43. The Key to Healing 303
45. Dreams Restored 314

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The 12 Steps

  1. We admitted we were powerless over addictive sexual behavior - that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  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.
  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.

The 12 Traditions

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon S.A.A. unity.
  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.
  3. The only requirement for S.A.A. membership is a desire to stop addictive sexual behavior.
  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or S.A.A. as a whole.
  5. Each group has but one primary purpose — to carry its message to the sex addict who still suffers.
  6. An S.A.A. group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the S.A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. Every S.A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Sex Addicts Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. S.A.A., as such, ought never be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. Sex Addicts Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the S.A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
  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.
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.