Sex Addicts Anonymous Primary Purpose

Recovery from sex addiction

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is sex addiction and how can I tell if I have it?

    What is sex addiction and how can I tell if I have it? There are many different definitions of addiction. The treatment and therapy industries probably have their own definition. The state/government...

  • How is working the 12 Steps different than therapy?

    How is working the 12 Steps different than therapy?   As a fellowship Sex Addicts Anonymous cannot express any opinion on therapy, good or bad. It is considered to be an outside issue (reference Tr...

  • How does this approach define abstinence?

    The Three Circles Using the Big Book     “Simple, but not easy; a price had to be paid.” Pg 14 (first paragraph)   As chronic sex addicts of the hopeless variety, we have little or no idea how t...

  • What are the Twelve Traditions and why are they so important?

    What are the Traditions?    See Individual Traditions     In the disease of sex addiction, we found ourselves unable to stay away from behaviors; that we admitted were killing ourselves and ca...

  • What is the purpose of 12 Step meetings?

    What is the purpose of 12 Step meetings?       We have experienced much confusion on this subject. We see two distinct subjects that need to be clarified. These are the fellowship in S.A.A. and th...

  • Why the Big Book of A.A.?

    Why the Big Book of A.A.? Back in the early days of Twelve Step before the existence of the Big Book, Bill Wilson in conferring with Dr Bob Smith (the co-founders of the 12 Step movement) both notice...

  • What are the Twelve Steps?

    What Are the Twelve Steps? The Twelve Steps summarize a system of actions designed to bring us into a relationship with the God of the individual members understanding. After we have worked the Steps...

  • Is this a religion or a cult?

      Are Twelve Step fellowships a religion? Are they a cult?   A.A.'s long form of the Tenth Tradition:   No A.A. group or individual should ever, in such a way as to implicate A.A., express any op...

  • What is a sponsor?

    What is a sponsor?  A sponsor is a qualified member of a Twelve Step fellowship who has been spiritually awakened as the result of working the Twelve Steps and shows another how to live by these prin...

  • How do I start a Big Book study?

    We recommend that you don't. The healthiest meetings we have ever experienced started by their membership focusing on that which they had power. These meetings weren't started until those who wished...

 

Are Twelve Step fellowships a religion? Are they a cult?

 

A.A.'s long form of the Tenth Tradition:

 

No A.A. group or individual should ever, in such a way as to implicate A.A., express any opinion on on outside controversial issues – particularly those of politics, alcohol reform or sectarian religion. The Alcoholics Anonymous groups oppose no one. Concerning such matters they can express no views whatever.

 

When asked by the Supreme Court of the United States whether it was a religion or not, the office of their World Service Organization of Alcoholics Anonymous responded by saying, “We have no opinion.” After the Supreme Court ruled on the issue, they were asked again to make a statement about that ruling. Their response was, again, “We have no opinion.”

Any healthy Twelve Step Fellowship is merely a collection of men and women who once suffered from a common problem and have also found a common solution. That solution is the program called the Twelve Steps. These Steps are a list of actions that we take in order to initiate and grow a relationship with that which each of us sees as most high in existence. Many of our members call that “God” or a “Higher Power.” The actions of the Twelve Steps do not even require our members to believe in God or a Higher Power. To be successful in the program of S.A.A. we will only be required to be willing to believe.

This is the point from which most of the confusion stems. Because we depend on a “Higher Power” for our sobriety, many think that we are a religion. We assure all who come to us for help, that no dogma or doctrine of any religion will be forced on any member or potential member of our fellowship. We only suggest that an individual work the program of recovery outlined by the Twelve Steps if he or she wishes to recover (which, by the way, is the only requirement for membership). In fact, most of us still practice the religious faith we had when we first came to S.A.A. What we have now is a simple system or discipline for living in relationship with the God of our individual religions. That system is called the Twelve Steps.