How do I attend an S.L.A.A. meeting?
There are no dues or fees to attend an S.L.A.A. meeting. Voluntary contributions are collected to support the costs associated with conducting the meeting such as rent. There is no registration or qualification process. Simply show up and introduce yourself, unless it is specifically indicated that you must contact the group first. If you are traveling a great distance, it is always a good idea, if possible, to contact a group you want to attend to make sure they are still meeting, though not all groups provide a way to contact them.
Our meetings are an opportunity for members to relate their stories about recovery from sex and love addiction. Members identify themselves by first name only and will share their experience, strength, and hope. Our stories disclose what we were like, what happened to change us, and what we are like now. Meetings may have different formats relating to specific topics such Step Study, Newcomer, Speaker, Getting Current, etc. Meetings may be Closed (for those seeking recovery only) or Open to all persons.
How Will an S.L.A.A. Meeting Help Me?
Gathering with other sex and love addicts at an S.L.A.A. meeting is the primary way we learn how to get sober and maintain recovery. By giving and receiving support from others like us, we not only have a better chance of recovering, but we also begin to learn how to engage with people in a non-addictive way. You will learn how the Twelve Steps work and how, by working them with a sponsor or recovery partner, you can get and stay sober.
What is Sobriety in S.L.A.A.?
Sobriety in S.L.A.A. is self-defined. This means through working the steps with the help of our Higher Power and a sponsor or recovery partner, we determine the behaviors we need to refrain from in order to experience physical, mental, emotional, sexual, and spiritual wholeness. These are known as “Bottom Line Behaviors”.
Is this a Religious Organization?
S.L.A.A. is not affiliated with any religion, sect, or denomination, though the program is spiritual in nature. Through developing a relationship with our Higher Power, we learn to stop using addictive behaviors as a substitute for intimacy. Your concept of a Higher Power is personal to you, and you are not required to believe in God to attend meetings.