My Experience As a Young Adult In Recovery

When I stepped into my first SA meeting I was about twenty-five years old. When I think back on what I had experienced up to then and how I was feeling at the time, I am astonished at myself today; at how the program has changed me; the extent to which it has helped me. It’s a miracle, a miracle which is still unfolding. I was less than six years old when I was visited – uninvited! – by lust.  He was a rapist, nine years older than...

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I Joined SA As a 19 Year Old Girl

My first memories are of fear, resentment and separation. Lust first came on the scene  when I was four,  my mother moved with us to a foreign country  without my father.  During my first few months in this new place I was sexually abused by kids several years older than myself.  I was terrified anybody would find out,  I was sure it was my fault and I feel guilty for enjoying the physical aspect and all attention.  We moved again  and the...

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The Root Was Lust

My name is Matteo and I’m a recovering sexaholic. Throughout my adolescence I was progessively consumed by same-sex behaviours and fantasies. I thought that the problem was being attracted to men. Acting out for 17 years shaped my whole thinking. “I was restless, irritable and discontented”. SA told me that actually the root was lust, and this was music to my ears. I began to detach from the lust one day at a time and stopped...

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Staying Sober In My 20s Has Its Own Challenges

I was born in 1989 in Kurdistan, Iran, in a family with 3 older brothers and no sisters. The concept of women and girls was always a mystery to me. The only female that I had a real connection with was my mother. That was not my only challenge though. As far as I can remember, I was living a double life. There was a whole world inside my head, and another world outside me. And I was constantly trying not to let the outside world know what is...

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I had just turned 21

I had just turned 21 when I entered the SA fellowship. I immediately knew SA was the program for me but I didn’t feel comfortable in the local fellowship since everyone else was at least twice older than I was. Fortunately for me there was one other young adult at the meeting who was visiting the country. He became my very first SA sponsor and dear friend in the fellowship. Still I considered my age as an obstacle and even an excuse against...

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