"Sexual addiction encompasses everything from heavy pornography consumption to promiscuity..."
Sexaholics Anonymous is a 12-step recovery peer support program based on the same model as Alcoholics Anonymous but with sexual addicts in mind. 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 first step that members must take is to admit complete powerlessness over lust. Next, they must come to the belief that a higher power can restore them to a state of psychological normalcy and wellness.
The third 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 fourth step is to take a moral inventory of your life.
The fifth step of the addiction recovery program involves confessing wrongdoings to God, oneself and others. The sixth step requires that the individual be completely willing for God to remove the character defect of lust and sexual addiction.
In the seventh step, the individual must ask God to remove their shortcomings. The eighth 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 ninth 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. Finally, 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.
Experts believe that roughly 6 percent of the population exhibits characteristics that meet the standard for sex addiction. For every three men with a sexual addiction, psychologists estimate one woman has a similar sexual addiction.
If you feel that you or someone you know is struggling with sexual addiction, it is often difficult to overcome the stigma and fear that keep many from reaching out for help. Maybe you are afraid of judgment from family or peers, but sexual addiction is something you don't have to deal with alone. Contact our 24/7 hotline at 1-888-249-7292 today to speak with one of our understanding and knowledgeable representatives about seeking treatment for your addiction. We are happy to provide you with information on joining a support group or on program to help you in the recovery process.
Sexaholics Anonymous as an organization defines sexual addiction as a relationship with sexual activity that leaves the individual in a state of guilt and dissatisfaction with life. Most individuals with sexual addictions are disconnected from their daily lives, families and peers as a direct result of their addiction. They are often unable to have normally functioning relationships with their sexual partners due to the addiction, and they tend to express an overall dissatisfaction with their lives.
"Sexual addiction is still a taboo subject in society, and many people feel a sense of shame about admitting their addiction and seeking help."
Peer support networks or support groups, such as Sexaholics Anonymous, come with the important benefit of accountability. Meetings provide a safe forum for discussion in a judgment-free zone that many individuals find essential in overcoming addiction.
Individuals are often unable to make strides in overcoming their sexual addiction alone. Sexual addiction is still a taboo subject in society, and many people feel a sense of shame about admitting their addiction and seeking help. If you feel that you or a loved one is suffering from sexual addiction, feel free to contact us at 1-888-249-7292 for further information on getting help. All it takes is one call to reach out and start the transformational journey of overcoming your sexual addiction and regaining control over your life.