The 12 Steps of Sex Addicts Anonymous

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12 Steps Sex Addicts AnonymousWhat are the 12 Steps of Sex Addicts Anonymous

Before we list the 12 steps we need to differentiate the 3 most popular “S” fellowhips.

1. SAA (Sex Addicts Anonymous)

SAA is a fellowship of recovering addicts which offers a message of hope to anyone who suffers from sex addiction.

Through the gift of the 12 Steps and 12 traditions adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous, recovery becomes possible and we can all take a breath of relief.

2. SLAA (Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous)

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous, or SLAA, is a 12 Step, 12 Tradition-oriented fellowship of men and women who help each other to stay sober. They offer help to anyone who has a sex addiction or love addiction or both, and wants to do something about it. We SLAA’s have a special understanding of each other and the disease and we have learned how to recover through the 12 Steps of SLAA.

Source: www.slaafws.org

3. SA (Sexaholics Anonymous) 

Sexaholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experiences, strengths, and hopes with each other that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover. Their primary purpose is to stay sexually sober and help others to achieve sexual sobriety.

Source: www.sa.org

The 12 Steps:

Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over sex and love addiction – that our lives had become unmanageable.

 [In SAA We admitted we were powerless over addictive sexual behavior. In SLAA We admitted we were powerless over sex and love addiction. In SA We admitted we were powerless over lust.]

Step 2: Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

Step 3: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God.

Step 4: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

Step 5: Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

Step 6: Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

Step 7: Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.

Step 8: Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

Step 9: Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

Step 10: Continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong admitted it.

Step 11: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with a Power greater than ourselves, praying only for knowledge of God’s will for us and the power to carry that out.

Step 12: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to sex and love addicts, and to practice these principles in all areas of our lives

You’ll notice Steps 2-11 are the same in each of the “S” fellowships, and in fact, in AA, NA as the steps were adapted from the 12 Steps originally pioneered by Alcoholics Anonymous.

Step 1 is the only Step that talks about the problem of unwanted sexual behaviors.

And in Step 12:

In SAA We tried to carry this message to other sex addicts.

In SLAA We tried to carry this message to sex and love addicts.

In SA We tried to carry this message to sexaholics.

Other than those small differences, which just clarify each “S” fellowship, they are the same.

 

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