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FIRST MEETING:
OUR FIRST MEETING WAS
A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE



FIRST MEETING
I’m looking for help, but I’m afraid there isn’t anyone out there who could possibly do what I’ve done, much less understand and accept me for who I am.

Take a breath, and know that your first SAA meeting will be an experience of acceptance and understanding.

Many if not most of us feared our first meeting, the unknown was tough, learn more of what to expect below.

MORE ABOUT MY FIRST MEETING
As you work up the courage and come through the door, you’ll see the faces of men and women who know your troubles: they’ve all been there too. 
You will probably be asked by at least one person if this is your first meeting, and asked to introduce yourself to the group with just your first name. The leader of the meeting may then explain to you how that meeting will introduce you to the SAA 12 step recovery program. Your first meeting will likely be an opportunity for you to listen to others’ stories, learn how the program works for them, and ask questions, or share as much or as little as you’re comfortable doing. 
You WON’T be required to do anything — you never will be. SAA, as with most 12 step programs, participation is voluntary. Your recovery is your own, we’re here to help you.
Every meeting is slightly different. We recommend that you come to at least six meetings before you decide whether SAA has anything to offer you. Some meetings regularly draw a big crowd, and some are sparsely attended. If one meeting doesn't work for you, try another. 

STILL HAVE DOUBTS?
If your would prefer to speak with someone over the phone before deciding to attend a meeting please call our phone line 347-815-4SAA (722) any day, any time. If we are unable to answer simply leave a voicemail with your first name and a phone number where we can reach you later.

STORY FROM A SEX ADDICT:
"I was terrified of going to my first meeting at SAA. I knew I had a problem with compulsive unhealthy sexual behavior and that it is wrecking my life and hurting my loved ones more and more. What I found was a safe place where men and women of all races and economic background were honestly sharing and working their recovery in well understood steps. The support I found among them in my first meetings was inspiring and made me realize there was a safe place for me to break away from my isolation and face my fears and my sexual addiction. Today I am sober and every time I see a newcomer in the rooms I reach out to him or her and thank them for helping my recovery. It turns out that every newcomer reminds me of where I was years ago and in doing so is helping me recommit to my recovery and all the blessing I have received from working my recovery program. Thank you!" - N.F., New York, NY

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