Bay Area SAA Recovery Resources

Sponsorship

Excerpt from The Tools Of Recovery

Sponsorship moves our recovery into action. A sponsor provides guidance and support through the process of stepwork and the experience of withdrawal. We encourage you to initiate the sponsorship relationship by asking someone with whom you feel you might work well. Don't be discouraged if you get a few "No's." in time you will receive the "Yes" that is meant for you. When choosing, look for someone who has qualities you admire, who has continuous sobriety from Inner-Circle behavior and has ideally completed their Fifth Step. Do not ask someone to whom you are sexually attracted, as this is a bad mix.

Sponsors are not professionals, but are merely sex addicts who have found a way to stay sober and want to help others. Establishing your "circles" (see the "Three Circles" pamphlet and the discussion in the next section of this booklet), discussing expectations and writing down clear agreements between you may be the first tasks of this relationship. As addicts, we have often led secret lives. A sponsor is someone we regularly check in with. Sponsors will make suggestions, but you are responsible for your program. Sponsors do have lives; don't be upset if they are not always available. This is the time to reach out to others in the fellowship.

Honesty, commitment, openness and a willingness to take suggestions are important attitudes for a sponsee. Finding a permanent sponsor may take time. Thus, it is suggested that when you enter the program you ask someone who has more sobriety time than you and has completed their First Step for temporary sponsorship.

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Bay Area SAA Contact Us

(415) 456-1063
Men's newcomer line: (510) 906-1644
Women's newcomer line: (510) 863-0788
Bay Area Intergroup • P.O. Box 14754 • San Francisco, CA 94114
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Bay Area SAA Announcements

MEETINGS CANCELLED!

SF lunchtime meetings at Old Saint Mary’s are cancelled this week due to remodeling.

Bocce Ball Tournament This Saturday!

The Tools of Recovery meeting once again asks you to join them this Saturday the 21st for their annual Bocce Ball Games at Julliard Park in Santa Rosa! Games will start at 11am and run till 4pm. You’ll find your fellows at the Bocce Ball Court at the North West corner of the park. Bring your own drinks. No Experience or Equipment required! You’ll have a blast!

Service Opportunities

Write For Out Of The Fog - Our Newsletter All contributions are welcome on your recovery, the steps, an epiphany you had or any other wisdom you wish to share. Send all submissions to ​newsletter@bayareasaa.org

Contribute To The Giving Hope A Chance Campaign. This campaign is working towards increasing public information about SAA, developing an online community, and strengthening technology and infrastructure. ​For further information contact Phillip B. at the ISO office via e-mail: ​phillipb@saa-iso.net​ or phone 1-800-477-8191

ISO Survey - Representation Matters!

ISO created a survey to help them understand the demographics of our members. This will help them determine how to help existing members, and outreach strategies for sex addicts, the professional community and public at large. Your intergroup rep should be able to connect you with a copy of the survey via e-mail or paper. You can also reach out to the ISO in regards to the survey at ​info@saa-recovery.org​ or 1-800-477-8191

Sex Addicts Recovery Podcast

Volunteers Wanted For Thumbnail Artwork and Bumper Music. Contact Jason T: ​taboadafett@gmail.com

Call to action

Elect A Group Service Representatives (GSR) For Your Meeting. Each meeting should have a registered a primary and alternate GSR with the ISO. ​What is a GSR? GSR’s meet at least once a year, with the other GSR’s in their area to discuss items to be voted on for the annual conference. Each area will send a GSR to represent them at the meeting. The bay area has 3 areas (South Bay, SF and East Bay). So that means the bay area will be represented by 3 GSRs at the upcoming October Conference. ​Have your meeting elect one and register them at https://www.saa-iso.org/mbrs/gsr/index.php

SAA Step Workshop

Starting late August/September 2019 at San Jose - Trinity Presbyterian, Saturdays 9:45 am - 11:15 am The focus will be on reading, discussion and working on the steps. The SAA green book , AA Big/Blue Book, AA 12 steps and 12 traditions, the book “Drop the Rock” for 6 &7 and step specific handouts. Contact: ​matt.taylor64@gmail.com​ for details

New Zoom meeting

“Healthy Intimate Relationships” Zoom (online) meeting, Tuesdays at 5:30 pm PT This is a blended meeting, hosted by COSA, in which SAA members and their affected partners are welcome to join, together or separately, whether they are in a current relationship or not. This meeting uses the 12 steps and traditions to help us develop a greater capacity for empathy and emotional intimacy in our primary love relationships. ​contact ​hir.zoom@yahoo.com​ for meeting ID and password

New Meeting in Alameda

First Things First meets at 7:15 PM on WEDNESDAYS. First Congregational Church of Alameda, 1912 Central Ave. Miracle Room on 2nd Floor at Chestnut Street. Open/mixed

Upcoming Event

Recovery Day In Half Moon Bay for members of any S fellowship and their families. At Poplar Beach, Sunday September 29, 10 am - 6 pm. Bring your lunch and beach supplies, no alcohol but tasty snacks are encouraged. More details here: https://recovery-day-in-half-moon-bay6.webnode.com

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