Sex Addicts Anonymous - Porn Addicts - Sex Avoidance Addicts

Call 429-9886
SAA is a 12 step group for those who suffer from sexual addiction, pornography addiction and sexual avoidance. Through long and painful experience, we came to realize that we were powerless over our sexual thoughts and behaviors and that our preoccupation was causing progressively severe adverse consequences for us, our families, and our friends. Despite many failed promises to ourselves and attempts to change, we discovered that when it came to acting out sexually, or acting in with sexual anorexia, we were unable to stop by ourselves. Period.

Many of us came to this realization when we started attending SAA meetings. We heard stories similar to ours and realized that recovery was possible. We learned that we were not hopelessly defective.

Sex Addiction, Porn Addiction, and Sex Avoidance Addiction is a disease affecting the mind, body and spirit. It is progressive, with the behavior and consequences becoming more severe over time. Like an allergy, we experience it as a compulsion, an urge stronger than our will to resist, and as an obsession, a mental preoccupation with sexual behaviors and fantasies. We call this acting out.

Acting out alters our feelings and consciousness, a very desirable state. The obsessions and rituals that lead up to the sex act are part of the high. These desires are irresistible, persistent, and insatiable. When we act out, the urge doesn't go away. As the costs add up, the more we try to control it, the amount needed for the high increases.

Some come to SAA frozen, avoiding sex for long periods of time, some former active sex addicts become compulsively avoidant. Some experienced both, acting out outside a relationship, yet avoidance within the relationship or cycle through periods of acting out and acting in. We call acting out the tip of the iceburg, and acting in that which hides beneath the surface. Social anxiety, weight gain, fantasy, excessive shame, religiosity, drama and arguments, denial of sexual orientation are but a few of the motives that make it easier to succumb to compulsive behaviors that block our awakening. Only our feelings and our wounds were holding us back, help was here.

We were unable to stop on our own. The pleas and threats of those around us didn't help. We chose sex and romantic obsession over what we cherished most and it distorted our thinking. It became a way to escape our feelings and responsibilities. We would slip into a trance and lead a double life. Our time was being spent managing the crises that arose as the result of our activities, as we violated our values, and became filled with deceit. We felt spiritually empty. The disease has a life and agenda of its own.

Sexual addiction, Pornography Addiction, Sexual Anorexia often has its roots in shame, and has the potential to kill, injure, infect, or incarcerate us in a jail or institution. So recovery is a personal spiritual program that treats the roots, the causes and conditions, of our acting out behaviors.

For more information: 429-9886

Meetings are Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday

To find out more, please read the first chapter of our text, the SAA Green Book:

http://www.sexaa.org/SAALiterature/English/GreenBook/ or http://www.sexaa.org

We found in each other what we could find nowhere else: people who knew the depth of our pain. Together we found hope and the care of a loving Higher Power. Our commitment is to help others recover from sexual addiction, just as we have been helped.There are no requirements for membership other than the desire to be sober, no dues nor fees,we are non-professional and self supporting.


For more information about Sex Addicts Anonymous go to:
www.sexaa.org

email:  edmontonsaa@gmail.com

If you are in crisis, please contact the Edmonton 24-Hour Distress Line: 780-482-HELP(4357), or visit www.thesupportnetwork.com/