About Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA)

In the 1970′s, former members of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) set up the first branches of SAA based on the same 12-step programme that had shown success with various other addictions and dependencies, such as drugs, overeating, gambling and more.

According to the SAA website there are more than 900 groups around the world. The majority are held all around the US, but meetings currently run also in Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

Most participants are male but females are a growing sub-group in most sex addict groups. Traditionally, meetings included all genders and sexual orientations. More recently, and owing to the nature of sexuality, some “specialized groups” have been formed to include women-only, men-only or various LGBT groups.

SAA, with its slogan “From Shame to Grace”, has a wide range of participants and nuances. Although the various Anonymous groups base their practice on spiritual belief, Sex Addicts Anonymous sometimes tends to get typically “Christian” in their dismissal of sexual desire and in judging sexual behaviours such as “excessive” masturbation to be dangerous and morally reprehensible.

Although they may have the largest international attendance, SAA is by no means a lone contender against sexual addiction. Scores of organizations work around the world, some just locally and others with chapters and ideological agendas; a high proportion of them are faith-based groups.

The larger organizations include Sexaholics Anonymous (SA), Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA) and Sex Compulsives Anonymous (SCA).

As per their principle, Anonymous groups have no charge or requirements for participation.

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