Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend a meeting?

Any adult who believes they have, or might have, a problem with addictive sexual behavior may attend an SAA meeting in the Austin area, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation (or lack thereof) or any other factor. The only restriction at this time is that a few meetings are designated for men-only or women-only; please respect these restrictions.

Who can NOT attend a meeting?

Anyone who does not have a problem with addictive sexual behavior may NOT attend an SAA meeting.  This includes:

  • Persons doing research for class projects
  • Persons affected by their loved ones’ or family members’ addictive sexual behavior
  • Curiosity seekers
  • Persons looking for sexual partners
  • Persons checking it out for a friend
  • Helping professionals doing research on behalf of their clients, journalists, and researchers in the field of sexual addiction
  • Minors

 

Are there any requirements for attending meetings?

The only requirement is the desire to stop addictive sexual behavior.

My spouse/partner has a problem with sex addiction.  Can I attend a meeting?

No.  Austin-area meetings are exclusively for people who have a desire to stop addictive sexual behavior.  Persons affected by their loved ones’ or family members’ addictive sexual behavior are encouraged to visit the SAA International web site, or investigate other organizations such as the COSA fellowship, at www.cosa-recovery.org.

What is a closed meeting?

A closed meeting is exclusively for adult people who have a desire to stop addictive sexual behavior.  Persons affected by their loved ones’ or family members’ addictive sexual behavior are encouraged to visit the SAA International web site, or investigate the COSA fellowship, at www.cosa-recovery.org.  Helping professionals doing research on behalf of their clients, journalists, and researchers in the field of sexual addiction can not attend meetings.  Instead, please refer to the information on the For the Media link on the SAA International web site.

Are there any ‘open’ meetings in the Austin area?

Not at this time.

I am a student writing a paper on sex addiction and SAA.  Can I attend an Austin-area meeting as part of my research?

No.  All Austin-area meetings are closed meetings, exclusively for people who have a desire to stop addictive sexual behavior.  There are no open meetings at this time.  Instead, please refer to the information on the For the Media link on the SAA International web site.

What does it cost to join SAA?

There are no fees or dues. Local groups are self-supporting from voluntary contributions of their members.

How do I know whether the program is right for me?

If you feel powerless to curtail or stop the unhealthy behavior and you feel it is causing or may cause serious problems for your health, job, relationships, finances or any other aspect of your life, you might benefit from the program.  The ISO of SAA website has good information on this page.

 

I think I have a sex addiction problem. Do I have to attend the Newcomers orientation meeting before I can attend any of the other meetings?

No.  You can attend other meetings without attending the Newcomers meeting.  However, since the Newcomers meeting is formatted specifically for persons new to our program, many people find that it provides a great jump start to working the program.

 

How do I find a meeting in the Austin area?

There are several resources for finding a meeting in the Austin area.

 

I am traveling to a place where there are no SAA meetings.  Does Austin have any online meetings that I can attend while I am out-of-town?

No, but there are electronic meetings available through the ISO of SAA.