The Literature Committee

“The Literature Committee shall have supervisory authority over the content of all ISO publications.”

— Bylaws of the ISO of SAA, Inc., Article V, Section 3

The ISO Literature Committee (LitCom) is made up of representatives from each geographical region of the fellowship. Members of the LitCom are elected for three-year terms by the delegates to the international convention meeting in regional caucuses. Additional at-large members maybe nominated by the LitCom and elected by the delegate assembly.

The LitCom, established in the Bylaws of the ISO, is charged with “supervisory authority over the content of all ISO publications.” Also defined in the Bylaws is primary responsibility of the LitCom to the “members of the corporation” -- namely the delegates elected by SAA member groups throughout the fellowship.

In accordance with this mandate, the LitCom has developed policies and procedures, focusing on maintaining the accuracy, integrity, and clarity of the SAA message for the benefit of members of the fellowship and the sex addict who still suffers. The LitCom has established five standing subcommittees under which work groups are assigned to specific projects.

The LitCom subcommittees and their assigned area of responsibility are as follows:

  • Operations and Policy Subcommittee
    Planning and overseeing issues and projects that affect the whole LitCom.
  • Major Works Subcommittee
    Reviewing and updating Sex Addicts Anonymous and development of an SAA meditation book.
  • In-reach Subcommittee
    Planning and overseeing projects in support of members within the fellowship.
  • Outreach Subcommittee
    Planning and overseeing projects that target persons outside the Fellowship, such as addicts in search of recovery, counselors, law enforcement officers, concerned friends, and family members.
  • Periodicals Subcommittee
    Developing policy and reviewing content for the ISO newsletter, The Outer Circle, and for the SAA websites.

The following terminology has been adopted by the LitCom as official designations for literature published or sold by the ISO:

  • “Literature Committee Approved” is the official designation required for publication of a piece by the ISO as SAA literature.
  • “Concurrent Review/Distribution” allows immediate publication of urgent or time-sensitive pieces by the ISO while LitCom review continues.
  • “Conference Approved” is reserved for Literature Committee approved pieces that receive the additional approval of the delegates at an annual convention.

Service on the LitCom also represents a major commitment of time and energy to the welfare of the fellowship. The LitCom meets for two days prior to the delegates meeting at the time of the international convention. In addition, regular meetings of the LitCom by teleconference are held bimonthly. Subcommittees and work groups meet by teleconference throughout the year. Special meetings of the LitCom may be called between regular meetings to address items needing immediate attention.

The official statement establishing the ISO Literature Committee is found in the Bylaws of the ISO of SAA, Article V. In addition, guidelines for service at the international level, adopted by the Board, are published annually in the Call to Convention.

Literature Committee invites submissions

The ISO Literature Committee invites members of the fellowship to submit original writings about the SAA program of recovery (such as pamphlets or booklets) for consideration and possible publication by the ISO.

The guidelines for submission of literature, as well as a pre-review questionnaire and release form, are available here.

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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.