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12-step recovery program

Once we have admitted that we have a problem that is making our lives unmanageable, we can begin the process of recovery.

The Twelve Steps

The Twelve Steps were originated by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) as a way of achieving the "spiritual experience" that those individuals believed was the key to lasting recovery from the disease of alcoholism.  With the permission of AA, SCA  has adapted the Twelve Steps for recovery from the disease of sexual compulsion.   Click here to read the Twelve StepsClick here to read SCA members' experiences with working each of the Twelve Steps.

The Twelve Traditions

The founders of Alcoholics Anonymous realized early in the history of that fellowship that the only way recovery can be achieved is if members can tell their stories honestly and openly with other members, people who share the same disease.  The willingness required for this level of honesty and openness comes from anonymity, or a lack of differentiation based on one's life circumstances or social position, and for members to trust that the fellowship has only their best interests at heart.  The Twelve Traditions were written as a way of insuring that the recovery of members is the only business of an anonymous 12-step fellowship.  Click here to read SCA's Twelve Traditions, which are adapted from those of Alcoholics Anonymous.  Click here to read SCA members' experiences with working each of the Twelve TraditionsClick here to learn more about how the 12 Traditions are applied to SCA as a fellowship.

The Tools That Help Us Get Better

SCA has developed tools that help us to get started in recovery and to remind us of "the basics" once our recovery has matured.  The tools are meetings, the telephone, sponsorship, literature, the Twelve Steps, prayer and meditation, a sexual recovery plan, abstention (partial or total), socializing, dating, the slogans, service, and writing.  Click here to read about them in more detail.  Click here to read SCA members' experiences working with each of these tools.

Most SCA members have found that creating a solid sexual recovery plan was singularly helpful to putting recovery on the right track.  Click here to read SCA members' experiences with writing sexual recovery plans.

Fourteen Ways to Avoid a Slip

A "slip" occurs when we engage in behaviors from which we had planned to abstain.  A number of SCA members shared their experiences with slips, having them, avoiding them, getting back to recovery after one.  Click here to read about their experiences, in a section reprinted from SCA's Little Blue Book.

The following section of the SCA website discusses a key tool of the recovery program--meetings.  It will consider how to find a meeting and what to expect once you have found one.