General Information

The Twelve Steps

  1. We admitted that we were powerless over lust -- that our lives had become unmanageable.

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

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

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

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

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

  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

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

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

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

  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to sexaholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

The Twelve Traditions

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends on SA unity.

  2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority—a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.

  3. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop lusting and become sexually sober.

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

  5. Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry its message to the sexaholic who still suffers.

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

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

  8. Sexaholics Anonymous should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.

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

  10. Sexaholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the SA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.

  11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, films, and TV.

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

The Twelve Steps and Traditions are adapted with permission of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. (“AAWS”). 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. 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.
SA adaptation © 1982, 1984, 1989, 2001 SA Literature. Reprinted with permission of SA Literature.

SA Literature

SA approved literature is available at every Columbia area SA meeting. At most meetings the newcomer can purchase a "White Book" (the basic text of SA) for $10.

The SA world service office has approved SA produced Literature and AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) produced literature for use in the SA fellowship. Following are links listing approved literature and where to order it:

Approved Literature List

SA Pamphlets

SA pamphlets, or brochures, are available under the Literature section of the SA Website:

Ordering Literature

All links on this page are to SA World Services. Special thanks to them for maintaining these sites.

My Family Member or Friend is Addicted

Sex addiction not only effects the person who is dealing with the addiction; it often impacts the family, friends, co-workers and others.

If you know somebody who is dealing with a sex addiction, please share our website and encourage them to contact us so that they can decide if we are the right place for them.

We also encourage concerned family members and friends to consider attending a fellowship called S-Anon to deal with the needs and hurts you may be feeling. There is an active S-Anon fellowship in Columbia.

Please contact S-Anon at

Speaker Podcasts

Another great way to get the message of recovery is to listen to speaker Podcasts. Many of our members report that having a Podcast to listen to any time was one of the key tools that helped them to remain sober.

A variety of SA speakers and AA speaker podcasts are available for free at the following link:

Women in SA Columbia

SA of Columbia is open to men and women for whom sex and/or lust has become an addiction. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop lusting and become sexually sober. We do have women who are a part of our local fellowship, however a majority of our fellowship is male. If you are a woman dealing with a sexual addiction we want you to know that you are welcome in our fellowship.

We encourage you to do the following:

Attend an SA meeting in Columbia

You are welcome in our meetings. We can connect you with local support and help you to find a home in our local fellowship.

Go to a telephone meeting

Many women have found women-only phone meetings to be very helpful in their recovery. You can find a list of these meetings at

Check out the Women in SA Website

SA has a website specifically for women. Please feel free to visit this website