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Members of SCA have learned through sharing their experience, strength, and hope with each other that sexual compulsivity is a disease. This disease has three dimensions: physical, emotional, and spiritual.

Physically, we engage in sexual behaviors that we know are not healthy for us or that place us in legal, physical, or spiritual jeopardy. Emotionally, we experience a "high" in contemplating and engaging in the "acting out" behavior, followed by an emotional let-down after acting out has concluded. Spiritually, we feel disconnected from others, especially from relationships we want to be "healthy" ones.

The Twenty Questions
SCA members have devised the Twenty Questions to help newcomers decide whether they are sexually compulsive. While the decision as to whether one has the disease of sexual compulsivity is an individual one, most people who are not sexually compulsive will answer yes to none of these questions, or perhaps one or two. If you answer yes to three or more, we encourage you to consider what our program has to offer. Ask youself the Twenty Questions.

The Fourteen Characteristics
SCA members have found that we share certain characteristics in common. The fourteen characteristics are often read at the beginning of SCA meetings. Read the Fourteen Characteristics.

Admitting That We Are Powerless
If we decide that we have the disease of sexual compulsion, the first step toward recovery is to admit that we are powerless over our condition and that it makes our lives unmanageable. When we can do so, we are ready to move on to the 12-step recovery program. The only requirement for membership in SCA is a desire to stop our compulsive sexual behavior. Begin the Twelve Steps.

Recovery Links

Sexual Compulsives Anonymous international web site

Recovery resources from Sexual Compulsives Anonymous New York
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Other Recovery Organizations

Sex and Love Addicts Annonymous (SLAA)

Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA)

Codependents of Sex Addicts (COSA)

Visit our Recovery Resources page for more links and recovery materials.