Bethesda Workshops 

a place for healing from sexual addiction in Nashville, TN

12 Step Groups

For Addicts

Sexaholics Anonymous (SA)
P.O. Box 11910
Nashville, TN 37222-1910
866-424-8777
www.sa.org

http://cirrus.mail-list.com/professionals/43394349.html (telemeeting info)

Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA)
P.O. Box 70949
Houston, TX 77270
713-869-4902
www.sexaa.org
www.saacall.com (telemeeting info)

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA)
P.O. Box 338
Norwood, MA 02062-0338
781-255-8825
www.slaafws.org

http://www.slaafws.org/meeting (telemeeting info)

Overcomers Outreach  (Christian group for any addiction)
National Office: Anaheim, CA
800-310-3001
www.overcomersoutreach.org

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
AA World Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 459, Grand Central Station
New York, NY 10163
212-870-3400
www.alcoholics-anonymous.org

For Co-Addicts

S-Anon International Family Groups (S-Anon)
P.O. Box 111242
Nashville, TN 37222-1242
615-833-3152
www.sanon.org

Codependents of Sex Addicts (COSA)
P.O. Box 14537
Minneapolis, MN 55414
763-537-6904
www.cosa-recovery.org

Al-Anon
Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc.
1600 Corporate Landing Pkwy.
Virginia Beach, VA 23454-5617
888-425-2666
www.al-anon.org

Codependents Anonymous (CODA)
P.O. Box 33577
Phoenix, AZ 85067-3577
602-277-7991
www.codependents.org

For Couples

Recovering Couples Anonymous (RCA)
P.O. Box 11029
Oakland, CA
510-663-2312
www.recovering-couples.org

For Trauma Survivors

Survivors of Incest Anonymous (SIA)
World Service Office
P.O. Box 190
Benson, MD 21018
410-893-3322
www.siawso.org

Incest Survivors Anonymous (ISA)
P.O. Box 17245
Long Beach, CA 90807
562-428-5599

Adult Children of Alcoholics
P.O. Box 3216
Torrance, CA 90510
310-534-1815
www.adultchildren.org

Faith-Based Support Groups

Celebrate Recovery
949-225-5207
www.celebraterecovery.com

L.I.F.E. Groups
866-408-LIFE
www.freedomeveryday.org

Overcomer’s Outreach
800-310-3001
www.overcomersoutreach.org

12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

1.) We admitted that we were powerless over alcohol – 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 God.

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 God 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 God, praying only for knowledge of God’s 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 alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

* The Twelve Steps are reprinted with permission of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. Permission to reprint or adapt the Twelve Steps does not mean that AA has reviewed or approved the contents of this website nor that AA agrees with the views expressed herein.

12 Steps of Sexaholics Anonymous

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 God.

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 God 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 God, praying only for knowledge of God’s 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 areas of our lives.

* Copyright 1989 SA Literature. Reprinted with permission of SA Literature. Permission to reprint does not imply SA affiliation or SA’s review or endorsement of this website.

12 Steps of S-Anon

1.) We admitted that we were powerless over sexual addiction – 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 God.

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 God 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 God, praying only for knowledge of God’s 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 others and to practice these principles in all areas of our lives.

* Reprinted with permission of S-Anon Family Groups. Permission to reprint does not imply S-Anon affiliation or S-Anon’s review or endorsement of this website.

Characteristics of Sex & Love Addicts

The following are some characteristics of sex and love addiction that we have used to hide the progressive loss of self, which is the heart of the disease:

1.) Having few healthy boundaries, we become emotionally and sexually involved with people without knowing them.

2.) Out of fear of abandonment or loneliness, we stay in or return to painful, destructive relationships, always struggling to conceal our dependency. Real intimacy is rare, if it has ever existed.

3.) Fearing emotional or sexual deprivation, we compulsively pursue and involve ourselves with one relationship after another, sometimes having more than one sexual or emotional affair at a time.

4.) We confuse love with such things as neediness, intensity, pity, sexual or physical attraction, being a victim or being a rescuer.

5.) We feel empty or incomplete when we are alone. Though we fear both intimacy and commitment, we continually search for relationships or sexual contacts.

6.) We sexualize stress, guilt, loneliness, anger, fear and envy. We use sex or emotional dependence as substitutes for nurturing, support and understanding.

7.) We manipulate and control others with drama and sexuality.

8.) We become immobilized or seriously distracted by sexual or romantic obsessions and fantasies.

9.) We avoid personal responsibility by attaching ourselves to people who are emotionally unavailable.

10.) We stay in denial about our addiction to emotional intensity, romantic intrigue and compulsive sexual activity.

11.) To avoid feeling vulnerable, we may retreat from all intimate involvement, mistaking sexual and emotional anorexia for recovery.

12.) We assign magical qualities to others. We idealize and pursue them, then we blame them for not fulfilling our fantasies and expectations.

* The Characteristics are typically read at meetings of Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous.