How It Works

Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path. Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves. There are such unfortunates. They are not at fault; they seem to have been born that way. They are naturally incapable of grasping and developing a manner of living which demands rigorous honesty. Their chances are less than average. There are those, too, who suffer from grave emotional and mental disorders, but many of them do recover if they have the capacity to be honest.

Our stories disclose in a general way what we used to be like, what happened, and what we are like now. If you have decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it, then you are ready to take certain steps.

At some of these we balked. We thought we could find an easier, softer way. But we could not. With all the earnestness at our command, we beg of you to be fearless and thorough from the very start. Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas, and the result was nil until we let go absolutely.

Remember that we deal with lust—cunning, baffling, and powerful! Without help it is too much for us. But there is One who has all power—that one is God. May you find Him now.

Half measures availed us nothing. We stood at the turning point. We asked His protection and care with complete abandon. Below are the steps we took, which are suggested as a program of recovery . . .

The Nuts and Bolts of Recovery

  1. The reading above as well as the Twelve Steps & Traditions used by SA are all adapted with permission of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. ("AAWS").
  2. Permission to adapt and reprint the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions does not mean that AAWS has approved the contents of this publication, nor that AAWS agrees with the views expressed herein. AA is a program of recovery from alcoholism only.
  3. Use of the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions in connection with programs which are patterned after AA, but which address other problems, or in any other non-AA context, does not imply otherwise.
  4. Nontheless, we in SA have found that the tried and true methods of AA have served us well in Sexaholics Anonymous. The SA program is based on the principles of AA, and practiced in a way to facilitate recovery from our addiction to lust.
  5. To continue the How It Works reading and view the Twelve Steps of SA please click on the green button below.
  6. The Traditions help us to facilitate a safe environment that maximizes the benefits of fellowship while minimizing distractions as we recover in community. Please feel free to view the Twelve Traditions of SA by clicking the blue button below.
The Program
12 Traditions