The Twelve Steps of SAA

Step One

We admitted we were powerless over addictive sexual behavior - that our lives had become unmanageable.

Step Two

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

Step Three

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

Step Five

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

Step Six

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

Step Seven

Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.

Step Eight

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

Step Nine

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

Step Ten

Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

Step Eleven

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.

Step Twelve

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 Twelve Traditions of SAA

Tradition One

Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon SAA unity.

Tradition Two

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.

Tradition Three

The only requirement for SAA membership is a desire to stop addictive sexual behavior.

Tradition Four

Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or SAA as a whole.

Tradition Five

Each group has but one primary purpose - to carry its message to the sex addict who still suffers.

Tradition Six

An SAA group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the SAA name to any related facility or outside enterprise lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.

Tradition Seven

Every SAA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.

Tradition Eight

Sex Addicts Anonymous® should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.

Tradition Nine

SAA, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.

Tradition Ten

Sex Addicts Anonymous® has no opinion on outside issues; hence the SAA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.

Tradition Eleven

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.

Tradition Twelve

Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.