Despite many failed promises to ourselves and attempts to change, we discovered that we were unable to stop acting out sexually by ourselves.
Many of us came to this realization when we started attending SAA meetings.
Through long and painful experience, we came to realize that we were powerless over our sexual thoughts and behaviors and that our preoccupation with sex was causing progressively severe adverse consequences for us, our families, and our friends.The basic principles of recovery practiced by SAA are found in the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous.Although we are not affiliated with AA or with any other organization or agency, we are, indeed, grateful for permission to modify and apply the Steps and Traditions to sex addiction, making recovery possible for us."It's high-adrenalin behaviour that in part goes with the City, cocaine lifestyle and you often see it in public office." Examples include Sir Allan Green, the former Director of Public Prosecution, who was arrested for kerb-crawling, the former Welsh Secretary Ron Davies's well-documented "moment of madness" on Clapham Common, and Bill Clinton's liaison with "that woman" Monica Lewinsky."Clearly this was not just recreational behaviour, but about something else," Birchard says."A switch flips in these people's brains and they go into a bubble of behaviour.You wouldn't know from looking at Martin, young and good-looking in a purple sweatshirt, that he has a problem.