Study Group - Working the Steps

This study group is formed once per year, meeting January through June.  Enrollment begins in late November.  During the second half of the year, our Beyond the Steps Study Group takes it's place.

Tuesday 7:30 – 8:30 PM     LOOK FOR THE BLUE DOOR SIGN

The purpose of this group is to support each participant in working the Twelve Steps of SAA in six months.  Membership in each particular group is limited to 12 individuals.  After the second meeting, the group closes and allows no new members.  New study groups begin on the first Tuesday in January and in July. Advance sign-up for this group is necessary, and begins two months prior to the start of the session.  To sign up, put your name on the list available at any Walnut Creek SAA Meeting, or contact Brian R. at 925-788-7842.  This is not a regular SAA meeting.  In addition to advanced sign up, the following are requirements for participation in the group:

Familiarity with the Program - Historically we find that some familiarity with the program is important in working the steps through the Study Group.  While not required, we strongly urge participants to have attended regular SAA meetings for at least 6 months, ideally with one or more of the Walnut Creek meetings.  You should be comfortable with sharing and brutal honesty, as it is apt to present itself during these meetings.  Everyone's full involvement in the meeting process is integral in the success of the group..

Sobriety – You must maintain continuous sobriety from all inner circle behavior to stay in the group.  Continued participation after a slip is left to the group consciousness.

Sponsors – You must have an SAA sponsor and actively work with the sponsor during the 6-month duration of this study group.  If you cannot find a sponsor, an attempt will be made to link such participants together for co-sponsoring.  There is also the potential for sponsoring by the group’s leaders.

Attendance – Continuous attendance is critical to success.  It is suggested that you attend all group meetings and make them a priority.  Since time on each step is limited, missing a meeting could mean missing an entire step.  If you can’t come to a particular meeting, you are expected to notify one of the leaders in advance.  The group starts promptly at 7:30pm and ends at 8:30pm.  Please arrive on time and be prepared to stay for the entire meeting.  Continued participation after missing more than 4 meetings is left to the group consciousness.

Anonymity – We discuss amongst ourselves what goes on at this meeting but not with others outside of the group.  This is very important if we are to be open with each other.

Assignments and materials – Each week’s step work and readings come from the SAA Green Book and “A Gentle Path Through the Twelve Steps”.  Participants must complete the assignments and come prepared to discuss them.  You should own a copy of both books (available for sale during the first several meetings) and they should be brought to each meeting.  Much work takes place outside of the meeting, often with your sponsor.  For instance, presentation of your first step will not take place in our meeting, but will be with your sponsor or some other SAA group.

Step Synchronization – We all work the steps simultaneously.  For those of us already past certain steps, it means going back and revisiting previous steps, beginning at Step 1.

Meeting format – During the one-hour meeting, there are usually one or two separate readings, followed by sharing specific to your experience with the step under discussion and the reading.  Cross talk is not discouraged, though should be gentle and on-point when utilized.

Location and Time – We meet every Tuesday evening at the Lilac Building, Room 2, on the Walnut Creek Kaiser Hospital campus, at 7:30 PM. 

NOTE:  Our local SAA 12 Step groups are led and managed by volunteers (fellow addicts).  We have no agenda other than offering you an option for addressing your sex addiction.  We are not professionals, so we do not take the place of a therapist.  We offer only opinions, so take what you like, and leave the rest.  The views of our members and groups may or may not reflect those of SAA as a whole.  We are a self-help group, so your attendance and participation is completely voluntary.  We will never pressure you to adopt any view or to join us.  Our program is available to assist, as you deem best.

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