Sex Addicts Anonymous SAA is an organization made up of support groups with the mutual goal of helping people overcome sex addiction. It is modeled after the traditions and steps of Alcoholics Anonymous AA and based on the principle that sex addiction is an illness. One analogous characteristic is engaging in sexual behaviors despite the negative consequences they bring. For example, you might continue seeking out sex despite having already lost your job for related reasons.
Meetings are held anonymously, which helps members feel more comfortable sharing their thoughts, experiences, and struggles. Everything that is shared in a meeting is received without judgment and held in strict confidentiality.
Members receive the support they need to address negative patterns of destructive behavior in an atmosphere of trust and acceptance. Sex Addicts Anonymous meetings may be held daily, weekly, or monthly, and members may attend as often as is necessary.
Sex Addicts Anonymous is based on the step recovery model established by Alcoholics Anonymous. The only condition for membership is the desire to stop the destructive pattern of addiction. While all support groups and meetings are spiritually based, when Sex Addicts Anonymous refers to a higher power, it does not necessarily mean God.
The first time you attend a Sex Addicts Anonymous meeting, you are usually given an opportunity to introduce yourself and share your experiences. While sharing the details of your addiction is not mandatory for newcomers, it is encouraged. Those struggling with an addiction to sex will find a community that understands what they are going through.
What makes Sex Addicts Anonymous different than substance abuse programs or programs dealing with other addictions such as gambling or internet is the extremely personal nature of the behaviors associated with this addiction.
For this reason, there are several types of Sex Addicts Anonymous support groups available. Meeting Format Some meetings are held in real time online via an internet connection. Both online and in-person meetings may be gender-specific or they may be mixed gender and open to all people. Meetings that are for men or women only are ideal for members who only feel safe attending single-gender meetings. Sex Addicts Anonymous meetings may be closed or open: People attending an open meeting may not have admitted or accepted that their sexual behavior is a problem.
They may also be friends or family members of someone who they suspect has a sex addiction. Cost There are no fees associated with membership because the organization is self-supporting, relying solely on voluntary member contributions. The organization and its support groups are not associated or allied with any religious sect, denomination, political group, organization, or institution, and its members do not endorse or oppose any controversies or causes. How does this Addiction Develop?
However, many mental health and behavioral health experts believe it should be considered and are pushing for more research on the condition. There are also many treatment programs around the country that specialize in treating sex addiction. According to existing research and many behavioral health professionals, sex addiction can take many forms , which vary for each person. Some of the common forms of a sex addiction include: Chronic preoccupation with sex or pornography.
A pattern of obsessive-compulsive behavior that is sexual in nature. Sexual activity that becomes increasingly high-risk or destructive. Sex addiction is similar to other behavioral or process addictions.
A person suffering from a behavioral addiction feels compelled to engage in a particular behavior in order to release tension, relieve anxiety or depression, and experience relief or gratification.
Signs of Sex Addiction Sex addiction can present in many different ways, including: