Essay interviewed old-timer Art B.

Essay: Thank you for your time, Art. Could we start by asking how old you were when you joined SA and the length of your sobriety? Art: I was 44. I’m 80 now, with 35 years of sobriety. When asked how does one stay sober for 35 years, I say: “One day at a time, keep surrendering lust, and one day at a time, don’t die!” I’ve been blessed with the gift of sobriety and with longevity. Essay: How long were you struggling with the addiction and what...

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The Wonderful Tool Of Bookending – Matan C., Israel

[From Essay, December 2020] My name is Matan C and I am a recovering sexaholic from Jerusalem, Israel; I am sober joyous and free from September 30th 2016 by the grace of a loving Higher Power, the 12 Steps and Traditions, my Sponsor and Sponees, my Family, this Fellowship and a wide variety of recovery tools, one of which I would like to share with you now. When I started my way in SA, my sponsor and other long time members (both living and...

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It was and still is a miracle – Hans L., Germany

[From Essay, December 2020] My name is Hans, and I am a grateful recovering sexaholic. My sobriety date is the 10th of July, 2008, the Akron SA-S-ANON International Convention. That is when I accepted that I was powerless and unable to manage my life. My Higher Power, through this program, makes it possible for me to live. I had left my second marriage of 22 years and resumed a relationship with a woman I had been in love with prior to my...

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The Antidote for Fear – Dennis T., Alaska

[From Essay, December 2020] Recently, I was waiting for some medical results, which, if negative, may have meant some serious consequences. Fear gripped me, but I did not share my feelings with anyone. Without even making a conscious decision to do so, I found myself back in self-reliance, relying on finite self instead of infinite God. At home, I began experiencing a series of “mini-disasters” in the kitchen with some canning and cooking I was...

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Growing in Recovery One Day at a Time – Zalmi S., UK

[From Essay, December 2020] Football (or Soccer as they call it in the US) – what would we do without it. It is so exciting, so passionate,such a good topic of conversation, and so much more. As a teenager I was obsessed travelling around the UK following (worshiping?) my beloved Tottenham Hotspur F.C. As life moved on and I got busy with studies, marriage, kids I realised that (maybe?) there are more important things in life and I...

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My Most Important Possession – Bob F., USA

[From Essay, December 2020] Let’s start with some statistics. The word happy appears in the book Sexaholics Anonymous (SA) seven times, and in the book Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 16 times. The word joyous is in the SA book eight times, and in the AA book 12 times. Freedom is used only four times in the AA book and 37 times in the SA book. That leads me to believe that freedom is more important to sexaholics than to alcoholics. That does not mean...

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