Welcome to Sex Addicts Anonymous – Pretoria

“Before coming to Sex Addicts Anonymous, many of us never knew that our problem had a name. All we knew was that we couldn’t control our sexual behavior. For us, sex was a consuming way of life. Although the details of our stories were different, our problem was the same. We were addicted to sexual behaviors that we returned to over and over, despite the consequences.” — Sex Addicts Anonymous, p. 3

SAA is a fellowship of recovering sex addicts offering hope to anyone still suffering from sex addiction. The fellowships is based on the program developed by Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA) and material supplied by the International Service Organisation.

The basic principles of recovery practiced by SAA are found in the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Sex Addicts Anonymous (based on the steps and traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous). Although we are not affiliated with Alcoholics Anonymous or any other organization or agency, we are indeed grateful to AA for making our recovery possible.


“Sex addiction is a disease affecting the mind, body, and spirit. It is progressive, with the behaviour and its consequences usually becoming more severe over time. We experience it as compulsion, which is a mental preoccupation with sexual behaviour and fantasies. In SAA, we have come to call our addictive sexual behaviour acting out.” – Sex Addicts Anonymous, p.3

Who is a Sex addict?
There are numerous ways in which sex addicts can act out, however, there are common elements that seem to characterize our addiction

  • Powerlessness over addictive sexual behaviour
  • Unmanageability of his/her life
  • Feelings of shame, pain, and self-loathing
  • Broken promises and failed attempts to stop acting out behaviour
  • Preoccupation with sex leading to ritual
  • Progressive worsening of negative consequences

Not sure if you are a sex addict?
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