S.L.A.A first began in 1976 in Boston by a few people to help with their sex, romantic intrigue, and dependency issues. They realized these issues were affecting their lives the same way as chemical addictions.
No matter how hard they tried, their addiction to promiscuous sex and destructive relationships could not be stopped on their own. They all shared an obsessive/compulsive pattern, either sexual or emotional or both. This included both those who suffered from a compulsive need for sex, and those with a desperate attachment to one person.
They created a simple program based on the 12 Steps. This program helped them reconstruct our lives physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally.
What is Sex and Love Addiction?
…the use of a substance or activity, for the purpose of lessening pain or augmenting pleasure, by a person who has lost control over the rate, frequency or duration of its use, and whose life has become progressively unmanageable as a result.Rich M., an original member of S.L.A.A.
We in S.L.A.A.. believe that sex and love addiction is a progressive illness which cannot be cured but which, like many illnesses, can be arrested. It may take several forms – including (but not limited to):
- Compulsive needs for sex
- Extreme dependency on one person (or many)
- Chronic preoccupation with romance, intrigue or fantasy
An obsessive/compulsive pattern, either sexual or emotional (or both), exists. Relationships or sexual activities increasingly become destructive to career, family and sense of self-respect. Sex and love addiction, if left unchecked, always gets worse.
©1985 The Augustine Fellowship, S.L.A.A., Fellowship-Wide Services, Inc.
Excerpt from Suggestions for Newcomers.
What’s the difference between S.L.A.A. and SA, SCA, SRA, or SAA?
All are Twelve Step programs focusing on sexual addiction, and known as “S” Fellowships. S.L.A.A. includes love addiction, relationship, and sexual anorexia. Each program has their own characteristics and definitions.
Our Related 12-Step Programs page has links to related recovery programs. S.L.A.A. neither endorses nor opposes these organizations, they are provided for information only.