Iowa City, Iowa SAA Meeting Format (Wednesday Only)

1. Welcome

Let’s begin with a moment of silence for the still suffering addict. Welcome. My name is ___________ and I am a recovering sex addict. Will you please rise and join me in the serenity prayer?

2. Preamble

Sex addicts anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop compulsive sexual behavior and become sexually sober. ‘SAA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization, or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sexually sober and help other sex addicts achieve sobriety. SAA is not a sex therapy or group therapy and offers no treatment of any kind; it is not a place to pick up sex partners or for learning how to control and enjoy lust. This is a closed meeting. Only those interested in their own personal sexual sobriety, please.

I’ve asked __________ to read the meditation for today from Voices of Recovery.

3. Introductions/Readings Etc.

A. At this time we will go around the room and each person may briefly identify themselves by first name and state the nature of their addiction and length of their sobriety. Please save sharing for later in the meeting. Who would like to begin?

OR IF THIS IS THE FIRST MEETING OF A NEW MEMBER

B. At this time, we will go around the room and each person may briefly identify themselves by first name, the nature of their addiction. After that, we ask that someone take the time to introduce themselves and our program to the new member by briefly telling the story of their recovery. Please save any check in for later in the meeting. Who would like to begin?

I have asked __________to read “How it works” and the twelve steps (p. 323)

C. At this time in our meeting we either read or hear from a member a step, slogan, personal story or topic. If someone is celebrating an anniversary with the group, now is the time where we present them with a chip and discuss the progress we have seen in that member. Opportunity for sharing will follow.

4. Sharing

Now is the time when we may check in. The emphasis is on sharing our own experience, strength, hope and feelings and “get current” with the group. We avoid the use of sexually explicit or abusive language. if anyone thinks another is too explicit, he or she can so signify by raising their hand.

We also avoid mentioning specific places or individuals. We speak in the “I,”, not the “You” or the “We” and we do not engage in cross talk. If anyone wants feedback, that person needs ask for it and can receive it after the meeting. 

We also ask that all sharing be intentional, program focused, and no longer than necessary out of respect for all those seeking recovery who need to share tonight. Except when a longer meeting might be necessary because we have 12th-stepped new members, had a member share a step with the group, or the celebrated an anniversary and a longer meeting is required, we will end the meeting at 7:30 pm..  Who would like to begin?

5. Closing

The time keeper has notified me that it is five minutes to 7:30.. 

While we pass the basket, do we have any announcements? We have no dues or fees, but we are self-supporting through our own contributions. 

It has often been helpful to individual members and groups to hear a presentation on a step, slogan. or topic that has been prepared in advance. Would anyone like to sign up to give a presentation?

The opinions expressed here were strictly those of the person who gave them. What you heard was spoken in confidence and should be treated as confidential. 

Whatever problems you have, there are those among us who have had them too. If you keep an open mind, you will find help. Let us talk to one another and reason things out, but let us not gossip or criticize each other. Instead, let the understanding, love, and peace of the program grow in each of us ONE DAY AT A TIME.

After a moment of silence, will you please stand, join hands, and join in the Serenity Prayer.