The basic premise of SAA is that addicts can help each other recover
from sexual addiction. The core of the SAA program is the Twelve Steps, a set
of guidelines that can help addicts achieve recovery. By following these
guidelines and working closely with other addicts, those seeking recovery learn
to face life in a sexually sober manner. The Steps can also help addicts
recover from the damaging beliefs and attitudes underlying their sex addiction.
Why is SAA
Anonymity is one of the guiding
principles of the SAA program. Anonymity allows addicts to attend meetings without fear of their
identity being disclosed. Confidence that their anonymity
will be respected can help an addict feel safe attending meetings.
Can Anyone be an
Membership is open to anyone with a
desire to stop their addictive sexual behavior.
There is no other requirement. Our fellowship is open to all genders,
regardless of race, religion, ethnic background, marital status, or occupation.
We welcome members of any sexual identity or orientation.
are SAA Meetings?
Meetings are the heart of the SAA fellowship where our primary approach
to recovery – addicts helping addicts – takes place. Most SAA meetings are held
at the same time and place each week, in a public facility or online, and are
led by the members.
Is SAA a
Sex Addicts Anonymous is not aligned with any sect,
denomination, or dogma. The Twelve Step program of recovery is
considered spiritual in nature because the program leads to inner change and
involves surrender to a power greater than ourselves. Our program includes
religious and non-religious members. Everyone is welcome.
Do my clients
have to sign up for meetings in advance?
No. They are welcome to drop in at most
meetings; however, some meetings prefer they speak to the meeting contact
No. We are solely supported by the voluntary
contributions of our members.
Do my clients have to speak at the meetings?
are not required to speak. They are welcome just to listen.
What SAA does not do
SAA is not therapy or treatment, has no opinion on the subject,
and does not diagnose any medical or psychological conditions. All participation is voluntary. SAA does not pressure or solicit people to attend. SAA offers no clinical, scientific, or professional
expertise. We do not participate
in research or keep any records or case studies. We are not allied or affiliated with any outside organization or
cause, although SAA members, groups, and special workers in our international service office frequently cooperate with them.
SAA does not compete with anyone. We make no claims of effectiveness.