The Preamble

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous is a Twelve Step, Twelve Tradition oriented fellowship based on the model pioneered by Alcoholics Anonymous. The only qualification for S.L.A.A. membership is a desire to stop living out a pattern of sex and love addiction. S.L.A.A. is supported entirely through the contributions of its membership, and is free to all who need it.

As People of Colour, we experience our recovery journey through an additional prism impacted by historical legacies and current issues of racism, discrimination and prejudice. In this space, we explore the connection between racism and our S.L.A.A. behaviour. We share our experience, strength and hope to empower ourselves and find racial sobriety in our relationships. Racial sobriety means that we have a deep intimate connection, awareness and acceptance of our identity. We live in the present, maintain perspective, seeing ourselves and others as equal members of the global human family.

To counter the destructive consequences of racism and our SLAA addiction, we draw on five major resources:

1. Sobriety: Our willingness to accept ourselves and stop acting out in our own personal bottom-line addictive/anorexic behaviour on a daily basis.

2. Sponsorship and meetings: Our capacity to reach out for the supportive fellowship with other People of Colour within the S.L.A.A community.

3. Steps: Our practice of the Twelve Step program of recovery to achieve racial, sexual and emotional sobriety.

4. Service: Our giving back to others within our community, what we continue to freely receive.

5. Spirituality: Our developing a relationship with a Power greater than ourselves which can guide and sustain us in recovery.

As a fellowship S.L.A.A. has no opinion on outside issues and seeks no controversy. S.L.A.A. is not affiliated with any other organizations, movements or causes, either religious or secular. We are, however, united in a common focus: dealing with our addictive sexual and emotional behaviour. We find a common denominator in our obsessive/compulsive patterns which renders any personal differences of racial, sexual or gender orientation irrelevant. We need protect with special care the anonymity of every S.L.A.A. member. Additionally, we try to avoid drawing undue attention to S.L.A.A. as a whole from the public media.

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