About Iowa SAA
(Sex Addicts Anonymous®)

Welcome to the Iowa SAA website!

Here you can get information about sex addiction, the SAA 12-Step program of recovery, and how to find a local meeting in Iowa.

“We are sex addicts. Our addiction nearly destroyed our lives, but we found freedom through the recovery program of Sex Addicts Anonymous. In the fellowship of SAA, we discovered that we are not alone and that meeting regularly together to share experience, strength, and hope gives us the choice to live a new life.

In our groups, there is a collective wisdom that has grown and been handed down over the years. We learn many new solutions to old problems. Central to these are the Twelve Steps, a spiritual program of recovery. Following these steps leads to freedom from addictive sexual behaviors and to the healing of our minds, bodies, spirits, relationships, and sexuality.”

— Sex Addicts Anonymous, pp 1 & 2

To learn more about Sex Addicts Anonymous ®, please visit the International Service Organization of Sex Addicts Anonymous website.

Am I A Sex Addict?

Before coming to Sex Addicts Anonymous, many of us never knew that our problem had a name. All we knew was that we couldn’t control our sexual behavior. For us, sex was a consuming way of life…We were addicted to sexual behaviors that we returned to over and over, despite the consequences.

— Sex Addicts Anonymous, p. 3

Although sex addicts may act out sexually in many different ways, there are common elements that seem to characterize our addiction:

  • Powerlessness over addictive sexual behavior
  • Unmanageability of our lives
  • Feelings of shame, pain, and self-loathing
  • Failed promises and attempts to stop acting out
  • Preoccupation with sex
  • Progressive worsening of negative consequences

Is SAA For Me?

The only requirement for SAA membership is a desire to stop addictive sexual behavior. 

The disease of sex addiction does not discriminate according to race, gender, age, sexual orientation, class, religion, or any other social category. There are sex addicts all over the world and in every walk of life. All of us have a right to seek recovery in Sex Addicts Anonymous.

-SAA Green Book, p. 81

We practice strict anonymity and confidentiality so that our meetings are a safe place for all of us. Who we meet or what is said in a meeting is considered confidential. We have a saying: “Who you see here, what you hear here when you leave here, let it stay here.”

“Our fellowship is open to women and men, regardless of age, race, religion, ethnic background, marital status, or occupation. We welcome members of any sexual identity or orientation, whether they are gay, lesbian, straight, bisexual, or transgender.”

— Sex Addicts Anonymous, p. 1-2

Meeting Types

In-Person

Many of us have gotten sober at traditional meetings. The type of meeting you choose to attend is a personal decision. Look under the Meetings tab of this website to find a list of meetings in your area.

Online

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many groups do not meet in person. Many meetings now offer an online option where we meet using the Zoom app. Some groups meet both in person and online. Those are called “hybrid” meetings.

Phone

If you would like, you can attend a tele-meeting. It’s just like it sounds. These are meetings held over the phone.

In-Person Meeting Locations

      Calendar: Meetings & Events

      FAQ

      Membership is open to anyone with a desire to stop their addictive sexual behavior regardless of gender, race, religion, ethnic background, marital status, occupation, sexual identity or orientation.

      There are no dues or fees!

      Sex Addicts Anonymous is not aligned with any sect, denomination, or dogma. The Twelve-Step program of recovery is considered spiritual in nature, because the program leads to the awakening of a deeper understanding of ourselves and our place in the universe.This work involves surrender to a power greater than ourselves. Each of us must find and develop this dimension of ourselves for ourselves, but we don’t do it alone. We have the guidance of our sponsors and friends in the fellowship to accompany us on our journey. Our fellowship includes religious and non-religious members. All are welcome.

      No one is required to speak. People are welcome just to listen.

      You need to understand that SAA is not therapy or treatment. All participation is voluntary, and SAA offers no clinical, scientific, or professional expertise. It is a 12-step program, based on the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous, where addicts help addicts find and maintain recovery. We are not allied or affiliated with any outside organization or cause.

      Getting Started as a Woman in SAA Meetings

      There is help for women who have a sex addiction.  We suggest coming to at least six local meetings or telemeetings within a short period of time before deciding whether SAA is right for you. Be gentle with yourself, and give yourself time to listen to others’ stories and absorb the introductory literature. If you are like us, you did not get to where you are now overnight. It will also take time to become oriented to this program and a new way of thinking and living in recovery.  The Women’s Outreach Committee (WOC) has written a WOC welcome letter. It may also be useful.

      LGBT Meetings

      All SAA meetings are open to members of any gender identity or sexual orientation.  However, if you wish to find a meeting that is commonly attended by members of the LGBT community, you can email the LGBT outreach subcommittee or contact your local group or intergroup representative.

      LGBTQ+ Friendly
      LGBTQ+ Friendly

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