The International Service Organization (ISO)

"We depend on each other to stay sexually sober, and SAA depends on our service to keep functioning. Service in SAA ranges from one-on-one outreach over a cup of coffee to the worldwide outreach performed by the International Service Organization (ISO)... At the international level, the ISO provides services that member groups and intergroups cannot provide on their own."

Sex Addicts Anonymous, p. 75-76

The International Service organization (ISO) of SAA, Inc. is incorporated as a non-profit organization under Section 501 (c) (3) of the U.S Internal Revenue Service Code. As such, the ISO conducts the official business of SAA and, in addition, provides services and coordinates activities on behalf of the fellowship. The ISO office is located in Houston, Texas.

Mission and Vision Statements

Mission

The ISO serves member groups by helping carry the SAA message of recovery to the sex addict who still suffers.


Vision

Our vision is to be a premier global resource for recovery in support of SAA and the sex addict who still suffers.


Operating under the direction and fiduciary responsibility of the Board of Trustees, the ISO serves as the center of business operations, as well as the focal point of communication and coordination among the autonomous groups within the fellowship. In keeping with Tradition Seven, the ISO is supported by the voluntary contributions of member groups and members of the fellowship.

The ISO conducts the business of the corporation.

  • Assures compliance with all laws and regulations governing non-profit corporations.
  • Registers and protects SAA trademarks and copyrights.
  • Accounts for SAA resources, including money, assets, and human resources.
  • Maintains the ISO office.

The ISO serves the member groups, members of the fellowship, and outside persons requesting information about or referral to the SAA program of recovery.

  • Publishes and distributes SAA literature and other materials used by local groups.
  • Publishes a bimonthly newsletter, The Outer Circle.
  • Maintains telephone service for the benefit of the fellowship and as a public service for outside persons requesting information or referral.
  • Maintains a database of all member groups that have registered with the ISO.
  • Maintains secure websites for the purposes of outreach to the general public and service to members of the fellowship.
  • Maintains the SAA Store, which sells SAA literature, selected non-SAA publications, and recordings of talks and workshops from international conventions. Purchases can be made by secure online transactions.
  • Provides referrals to meetings for persons seeking recovery.
  • Provides information to members of the fellowship about meetings and ISO resources.
  • Provides information to the media about SAA and our program of recovery.

The ISO coordinates fellowship-wide activities.

  • Coordinates, in conjunction with the local convention committee, the planning and onsite management of the annual international convention, including the meetings of the delegates, the Board of Trustees, and the Literature Committee.
  • Plans the budgets and manages the financial aspects of all fellowship-wide activities.
  • Coordinates the communications and activities of the Board of Trustees and its committees.
  • Provides teleconferencing services for use by the various ISO entities.
  • Provides a focal point of central communications and supplies printed materials in support of the SAA prisoner outreach program.

In keeping with the Twelve Traditions of SAA, the ISO provides a means of achieving unity of purpose and practice for the fellowship-wide activities desired by the diverse, autonomous SAA groups throughout the world.

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Office hours

10 am - 6 pm Central Time
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ISO of SAA
PO Box 70949
Houston, TX 77270 USA

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Confidentiality Statement “Be advised that under Texas State law, disclosures of abuse or neglect of minors must be reported to the authorities. SAA staff can provide more information on reporting and disclosure issues.”

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.