Gateway to Recovery
St. Louis, Missouri is known as the "Gateway to the West" as it was from this city that many settlers and adventurers launched into a challenging yet exciting future filled with abundant opportunities for betterment and freedom in the American West.
Similarly, we, the men and women of the St. Louis chapter of Sexaholics Anonymous, have found the 12-step program and fellowship of Sexaholics Anonymous to be the Gateway to Freedom from the cruel tyrant of sexaholism and lust addiction and an entry into the abundant and fruitful land we call Recovery.
Each of us has been afflicted by a profound and utter powerlessness over one or more sexual behaviors that threatened to destroy our sense of worth, our relationships, our careers, and for some of us, even our very lives. The disease of sexaholism is manifested in a variety of ways among our members. One has summarized it this way:
We became true addicts: sex with self, promiscuity, adultery, dependency relationships, and more fantasy. We got it through the eyes; we bought it, we sold it, we traded it, we gave it away.
But we have discovered a solution to our powerlessness and to our destructive choices! If you too have despaired of ever being free, we would love to share with you our experience, strength, and hope. Freedom and a supportive fellowship are within your reach. Come join us!
Long to be happy, joyous, and free?
Your Next Step
Please take some time to look around the site. If you identify with us and think you may share our problem, we’d like to share our solution with you. We have meetings every day , at various times and locations in St. Louis, MO, St. Charles, MO, Rolla, MO, and Caseyville, IL. Please call our hotline (314.995.2687) and leave a message and one of our volunteers will be in touch as quickly as possible.
As a member of Sexaholics Anonymous, I need to be careful what I think and do. If my attitudes and thoughts aren’t “right,” ultimately my illness will show itself in my actions. I’ve learned in this program that my actions follow from my thoughts and attitudes. Read more about Sexual Sobriety: Thinking & Acting
How can I know if I am addicted to sex or pornography? Have you ever asked yourself this question? Have you ever debated with yourself or a partner if your sexual behavior is an abnormal and an addiction or if it’s just the normal behavior of any red-blooded man or woman? Perhaps your friends or the voices in society are telling you that it’s normal to do the things you do, but you have this nagging voice in the back of your mind saying something’s very wrong. How can you determine if you are an addict? How can you tell if your behavior is not normal? Read more about Am I Addicted to Sex or Pornography?
My life was being ruined by my uncontrollable use of pornography. I was viewing porn and masturbating in places and at times that, if caught, would mean the end of my employment and my marriage. I couldn’t stop. I had struggled to do so for the majority of my life. My behavior with pornography and Read more about My Drug: Pornography & Sex or Lust?[…]
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I had sunk to a hopeless, desperate place in my addiction to pornography, masturbation and sex. Given that place of powerless despair, I was amazed to hear the confident promises held out to addicts like myself by SA and our forbearers in Alcoholics Anonymous. Here’s a sampling. As you read each one, close your eyes Read more about Momentum[…]