The Twelve Steps


The Twelve Steps of Sexaholics Anonymous are at the core of the SA program. They outline a program of action that when taken, gives us the ability to live free of the actions and attitudes found in the disease of sexaholism, through a connection with a power greater than ourselves.

Our experience shows us that working these steps in order and with a sponsor gives the greatest results, and that doing this was critical if we wanted any lasting sobriety. They are not simply a list to read and check off. We strongly believe in and support working the steps as laid out in the text Alcoholics Anonymous.

The Twelve Steps of Sexaholics Anonymous are adapted from the program of Alcoholics Anonymous.


  • We admitted that we were powerless over lust—that our lives had become unmanageable.
  • Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  • Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  • Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  • Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  • Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  • Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  • Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  • Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  • Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
  • Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  • Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to sexaholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.