Four Obstacles to Success
All SCA meetings are intended to be
constructive, helpful, loving and understanding. In striving toward those
ideals, we avoid matters that can distract us from our goals and that can
Discussion of Religion
SCA is not allied with any sect or
denomination; it is a spiritual program, based on no form of religion.
Everyone is welcome, no matter what their affiliation, or none. Let us
not defeat our purpose by entering into discussions concerning specific
We meet to help ourselves and others
to learn and to use the SCA approach to achieve freedom from our sexual
compulsion. In such mutual support, gossip cannot be permitted. We do
not discuss other members; our dedication to anonymity guarantees the
safety of our program for those in pain. Careless repeating of matters
heard in meetings can destroy the very foundation of our work together.
Let us be ever vigilant in resisting the temptation to criticize others,
to judge others, or to make comparisons to others.
Our leaders are chosen not to govern,
but to serve. No member of SCA should direct, assume authority, or give
advice. Our program is based on suggestions, sharing of experience and
personal insight, and rotation of leadership. Everyone makes progress in
their own way and pace. Any attempt to manage or direct is likely to
have disastrous consequences for group harmony.
In the First Step of the program, we
admitted our powerlessness over sexual compulsion. In SCA we seek to
recover the power to choose responsibly when and where we wish to be
sexually aroused. Therefore, it cannot help our common efforts to use
language or descriptions calculated to arouse sexual desire in others.
We also avoid specifically identifying locations where persons can "act
out" their sexual compulsion. Such identification may defeat the efforts
of others seeking freedom from sexual compulsion. [Note: there are
some meetings where the group conscience allows for sexually explicit
language, but these meetings are clearly indicated, and an announcement
about acceptable language use is made at the beginning of the meeting.]
(Adapted and reprinted with
permission from Al-Anon Family Groups)
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