"An SAA group consists of two or more individuals who, using the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of SAA, meet regularly for the purpose of recovering from their addictive sexual behavior. At our meetings, we read SAA literature and share our experience, strength and hope with each other, focusing on how the SAA program of recovery works in our lives."
— Sex Addicts Anonymous, p. 10
The Fellowship of SAA is made up men and women who meet together, usually in local groups, to share our experience, strength, and hope with each other for the purpose of recovery from obsession with sex and compulsive sexual behavior.
Local meetings provide an environment of acceptance, safety, and encouragement for learning how to apply the Twelve Step Program in our lives. Although each group within SAA is autonomous, meetings typically consist of readings from recovery literature and sharing how the Twelve Steps have led to recovery for us. Meetings also offer opportunities for learning how to reach out and to serve other sex addicts.
The only requirement for membership in SAA is the desire to stop addictive sexual behavior. There are no fees or dues. Local groups are self-supporting from voluntary contributions of their members.
The ISO maintains a comprehensive list of registered SAA group meetings worldwide. Meetings in the United States are listed by state, in Canada by province, and in the rest of the world by country.
Types of Meetings
Many types of meetings have been developed by SAA group members to meet the needs of the addict who still suffers. Some of these meetings are the following:
Men only, Women only or Mixed Meetings: Most SAA meetings are mixed meetings, meaning that the meetings are open to all individuals, regardless of gender, who are interested in recovering from addictive sexual behavior. Some meetings decide to segregate themselves by gender in order to make the meeting a safe place for their attendees to recover from their addictive sexual behavior. Because of the nature of this addiction, some members only feel safe attending single gender meetings. We respect this need.
Closed versus Open Meetings: Closed Meetings are open only to those individuals who have a desire to stop their addictive sexual behavior. Open Meetings are open to anyone interested in finding out about SAA; those who attend need not have admitted that their sexual behavior is a problem.
Telemeeting: A meeting for those in recovery from sexual addiction that is held via a telephone conference call.
Online (Web) Meeting: An online meeting is held in real time over an Internet connection.