Sponsorship

“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.”

— Step Twelve, Sex Addicts Anonymous, p. 21

The idea of sponsorship is deeply embedded in the Twelve Step program, and Step Twelve makes it very clear that that this is a “we” venture and is not done in isolation. In the SAA program sponsorship is about developing a vital relationship with another addict from which successful recovery can grow.

“A sponsor is a person in the fellowship who acts as a guide to working the program of SAA – a fellow addict 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, p. 13)

Every newcomer to SAA is encouraged to obtain a sponsor as soon as he or she is comfortable doing so. A temporary sponsor may be used until the newcomer gets to know others in the group better. This will speed the process of getting started in the recovery program. After attending a few meetings, the newcomer may meet a person with whom he or she readily identifies and with whom long-term sponsorship seems to be promising. Changing sponsors is an acceptable practice. Finding a sponsor who works well with the sponsee is paramount.

In regular one-on-one meetings, a sponsor shares his or her experience, strength, and hope in order to encourage the sponsee to press ahead in working the program. Importantly, a sponsor can hold the sponsee accountable for attendance at meetings, as well as progress in the program.

Sponsorship serves to advance the recovery program for the sponsee and, at the same time, to reinforce sobriety and recovery for the sponsor.

The ISO office staff can assist a member in finding a long-distance sponsor, if a suitable sponsor is not available locally.

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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.