February 16 - 18, 2018, St David, AZ

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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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Member Submissions needed to complete the SAA Meditation Book

  • Yes, you can write meditations for the new book! Are you not quite sure how?
  • Come to one of the LitCom teleconference workshops to learn how to write a meditation.
  • These teleconferences will be based on the workshop presented at the Oakland convention.
  • Learn step-by-step what is involved, and practice writing a meditation during the workshop.
  • Please join us at one of these times for an hour and a half of creative service.

SAA Meditation Book Vision Statement

The SAA Meditation Book carries the message of recovery by collecting into one volume diverse voices of the SAA fellowship to serve as a resource for meditation and prayer for the addict in recovery and the sex addict who still suffers.

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Guidelines for Meditations

The ISO Literature Committee welcomes submission of entries from the fellowship-at-large for possible inclusion in the SAA Meditation Book. The Meditation Book will consist of 366 entries, one for each day of the calendar year.

To ensure consideration, submissions should contain the following:

  • A short quotation taken from SAA publications that are Literature Committee approved or Conference approved (see list below). The quote must include the source and page number using the following style: Sex Addicts Anonymous, page 20. Quotes from other sources will not be considered.
  • The main body is an expansion of the topic or principle, ideally including perspective on a particular aspect of SAA recovery through your experience, your strength, your hope, and your voice. Please note that we have found that using "I" rather than "we" in the body of the meditation makes for a stronger message. This is the critical component of your submission. We can add a quote or an affirmation, but only you can provide your ES&H.
  • At the bottom of the page, a concise statement to summarize the main idea of the meditation, or offer a poignant challenge or affirmation.

Each entry should be 200-350 words including the quotation and the closing affirmation. (1.5 - 3 sides, handwritten). Submissions must include your name and contact information to be cross-referenced with your release form.


Sources for Opening Quotation

  • Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA Green Book)
  • Sex Addicts Anonymous (Pamphlet)
  • Abstinence
  • The Bubble
  • Three Circles
  • Getting a Sponsor
  • Writing to Prisoners
  • Sexual Sobriety and the Internet
  • Safe and Sexually Sober Meetings
  • Getting Started in Sex Addicts Anonymous
  • A Special Welcome to the Woman Newcomer
  • Recovery from Compulsive Sexual Avoidance
  • Group Guide
  • Intergroup Guide
  • Tools of Recovery
  • First Step to Recovery
  • Abstinence and Boundaries in SAA
  • SAA and the Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Sex Addict

Release Form:

The ISO must have a signed release before a submission can be considered. By signing the release, the author grants the ISO of SAA, Inc. sole rights to edit, alter, publish, or reject any submission. A blank release form is available in this newsletter or may be obtained from the ISO office or downloaded and printed from the SAA website.

Please send a digital copy of your submission (attached as .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt, or in the body of the email) to:

Include complete contact information and, if possible, a signed scanned release. All submitters must send or have sent a release form - one per author - before submissions can be considered.

You can also send your meditation, contact information, and signed release by postal mail to:

Meditation Book, ISO, PO Box 70949, Houston, TX 77270.

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Do you have information for the SAA history project?

Volunteers are gathering data for a history monograph, chronicling the beginning and growth of the SAA fellowship. Recently, they have made arrangements with the ISO office, to record interviews with members of the SAA fellowship, who have information about the fellowship, the ISO, SAA Literature or other aspects of our organization.

If you have information, insights, or historical perspectives on the early days or more recent expansion of SAA around the world, please let us know. Members who wish to volunteer for phone interviews and possible follow-up questions, can send their contact information to All responses will remain confidential in accordance with SAA's Twelve Traditions.

Help us produce the most complete and accurate history possible!

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SAA pamphlets now available to read online!

The International Service Organization of SAA is pleased to announce the availability of SAA pamphlets on the SAA website ( The pamphlets may be found by following the "SAA literature" sub-tab from the Home page. Also included are the pamphlets in Spanish and the "Pathway to Recovery" pamphlet in French.

This milestone has been accomplished by the combined efforts of the ISO Literature Committee, the ISO office, and the ISO Board of Trustees and its committees, specifically the Online Presence Committee and the International Development Committee. We believe that ready access to SAA literature online will greatly enhance the capacity of member groups and individual members of the fellowship to carry the SAA message of recovery more effectively and more efficiently.

As before, the printed pamphlets are available for purchase from the ISO - either through the online SAA Store or by telephone or postal mail from the ISO office. Don't forget to ask about our volume discount.

This development is a good example of how the ISO is working to support members of the fellowship and member groups. As you benefit from having access to the SAA pamphlets online, please remember that the ISO is totally dependent on financial support from members, member groups, and intergroups to offer and maintain this type of service for the fellowship. If you appreciate what the ISO does for you, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution today.

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Newsletter Features Topical Issues

This year The Outer Circle will feature articles on specific Steps, Traditions, and other selected topics. For topics and deadlines for submission, see the newsletter page on this website.

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Host Needed for Sixth International SAA Women's Retreat

The ISO Women's Outreach Subcommittee (WOSC) is accepting proposals from local fellowships to host the Sixth International Women's Retreat to be held in 2017 or 2018. The hosting fellowship will have the full support of the WOSC, including financial assistance for start-up funds.

The host will be responsible for planning the retreat and making all local arrangements. It is anticipated that the retreat will be self-supporting, so that start-up funds will be available for future retreats.

For more information, contact the ISO office at (800) 477-8191 or (713) 869-4902. You can also email the office at

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ISO Service opportunities available

In preparation for the 2018 annual meeting of the ISO Conference, the Nominating Committee (NomCom) is asking all members of the fellowship who are interested in serving at the ISO level to complete and submit a service resume.

The form may be found on the service website at under the "International Service" link in the left-hand menu.

At the annual meeting of the Conference in Houston in October 2018, the NomCom will present slates of nominees for election to the Board of Trustees, Literature Committee, and Conference Area Coordinating Committee.

The NomCom is seeking potential candidates with solid program experience, long-term sobriety, and an appreciation of the value of active service. In addition, the NomCom will strive to nominate candidates who reflect the broad diversity of our fellowship.

Completed service resumes should be emailed to or mailed to Nominating Committee, ISO, PO Box 70949, Houston, TX 77270.

Deadline for definite consideration the 2018-19 service year is June 15, 2018.


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Arizona Winter Twelve-Step Retreat - St David, AZ

February 16 - 18, 2018

The Steps of Courage meeting of Phoenix, AZ, is sponsoring a retreat that will be held at the Holy Trinity Monastery in St David, AZ. The weekend retreat, which is open to any SAA member, male or female, who is willing to go any length for a spiritual experience, begins on Friday at 6pm with dinner. Over the weekend, members will work the steps, finishing by noon on Sunday. The retreat cost is $150, which includes two nights lodging and five meals. The cost for retreatants who choose to stay off-site is $75 for the meals and use of the meeting hall. Some scholarships are available

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