How It Works


Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path. Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves. There are such unfortunates. They are not at fault; they seem to have been born that way. They are naturally incapable of grasping and developing a manner of living which demands rigorous honesty. Their chances are less than average. There are those, too, who suffer from grave emotional and mental disorders, but many of them do recover if they have the capacity to be honest.

Our stories disclose in a general way what we used to be like, what happened, and what we are like now. If you have decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it, then you are ready to take certain steps.

At some of these we balked. We thought we could find an easier, softer way. But we could not. With all the earnestness at our command, we beg of you to be fearless and thorough from the very start. Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas, and the result was nil until we let go absolutely.

Remember that we deal with lust—cunning, baffling, and powerful! Without help it is too much for us. But there is One who has all power—that one is God. May you find Him now.

Half measures availed us nothing. We stood at the turning point. We asked His protection and care with complete abandon. Below are the steps we took, which are suggested as a program of recovery . . .



How We Recover


  1. The reading above has been reprinted and adapted with permission of Alocohlics Anonymous World Services, Inc. To continue the reading and see the 12 Steps of Sexaholics Anonymous please click on the green button below.
  2. While the journey of working the program of the 12 Steps is unique to the individual, there seem to be some distinctive markers along the way. To explore phases of an SA member's active participation in the Fellowship, please click on the blue button below.
The Program
The Journey