Sexaholics Anonymous – 12 Steps

Sexaholics Anonymous accepts both men and women as members, and the only requirement for admission is to admit that you struggle with sexual addiction. Sexual addiction encompasses everything from heavy pornography consumption to promiscuity, and the focus of this type of recovery program is on restoring members to a state of psychological wellness.

Sexaholics Anonymous is not directly affiliated with Alcoholics Anonymous; however, it does draw its basic format from the Alcoholics Anonymous publication Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. Sexaholics Anonymous is well known for its inclusive meetings and its mentorship program in which members who were sexually sober for a period of one year or longer help new members in their quests for sexual wellness.

The 12 Steps

The 12 steps of Sexaholics Anonymous are identical to those of Alcoholics Anonymous, but Sexaholics Anonymous applies each of these steps to the specific condition of sexual addiction instead of alcohol addiction.

The 1st step that members must take is to admit complete powerlessness over lust.

The 2nd step is they must come to the belief that a higher power can restore them to a state of psychological normalcy and wellness.

The 3rd step is to turn over their will and lust to a higher power for control. The higher power does not need to represent anything more than an individual’s personal conception of God, regardless of their religion.

The 4th step is to take a moral inventory of your life.

The 5th step of the addiction recovery program involves confessing wrongdoings to God, oneself and others.

The 6th step requires that the individual be completely willing for God to remove the character defect of lust and sexual addiction.

The 7th step, the individual must ask God to remove their shortcomings.

The 8th step requires the direct action of writing down a list of all the people whom the individual’s sexual addiction has harmed and for the individual to prepare to willingly make reparations.

The 9th step is one of the most difficult in the entire program, as it requires individuals to make amends to those whom they harmed by their sexual addiction. The exception to this rule is if such amends would cause more harm to these people.

The 10th step is to continue to take inventory of personal wrongs.

The 11th step requires the individual to continue to seek guidance on overcoming their lust through prayer and meditation, constantly remaining in a state of humility and openness before God.

The 12th step is to reach out and help others overcome their own sexual addictions. This last step typically takes the form of becoming a sponsor for a new member of Sexaholics Anonymous.

Originally Posted By Sexaholic Anonymous

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