The Twelve Traditions

The Traditions guide the growth and health of our groups and our world wide fellowship. Our group experience suggests that the unity of the S-Anon Family Groups depends upon our adherence to the following Traditions.


Our common welfare should come first; personal progress for the greatest number depends upon unity.


For our group purpose there is but one authority – a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants – they do not govern.


The relatives of sexaholics, when gathered together for mutual aid, may call themselves an S-Anon Family Group, provided they have no other affiliation. The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of sexaholism in a relative or friend.


Each group should be autonomous, except in matters affecting another group or S-Anon or SA as a whole.


Each S-Anon Family Group has but one purpose: to help families of sexaholics. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps of S-Anon, by encouraging and understanding our sexaholic relatives, and by welcoming and giving comfort to the families of sexaholics.


Our S-Anon Family Groups ought never endorse, finance, or lend our name to any outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary spiritual aim. Although a separate entity, we should always cooperate with Sexaholics Anonymous.


Every group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.


S-Anon Twelfth Step work should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.


Our groups, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsibility to those they serve.


The S-Anon Family Groups have no opinion on outside issues; hence our name ought never be drawn into public controversy.


Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, TV and films. We need guard with special care the anonymity of all S-Anon and SA members.


Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles above personalities.