The Twelve Steps of SAA


Step One

We admitted we were powerless over our 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 Four

Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.


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.

These steps are the heart of our program. They contain a depth that we could hardly have guessed when we started. Over time, we establish a relationship with a Power greater than ourselves, each of us coming to an understanding of a Higher Power that is personal for us.

The SAA program offers a spiritual solution to our addiction, without requiring adherence to any specific set of beliefs or practices.

But the steps are more than a series of exercises. They provide basic principles for living. Most of us find opportunities on a daily basis to apply one or more of the steps to some challenge in our life. Over time, the spiritual principles in the steps become integrated into our thoughts, feelings, and behavior. We find that we are not only working the steps — we are living them.