Anyone Who Has Been Affected by Someone’s Sexual Behavior is Welcome in S-Anon

The Third Tradition assures S-Anon’s singleness of purpose.  Anyone whose life has been affected by a sexaholic relative or friend “qualifies” to join S-Anon.  Some local areas have a hotline phone number so that individuals have an opportunity to speak to a program member before attending their first meeting, but this should not be thought of as a screening process.  An individual qualifies for S-Anon as soon as they say they do.  Tradition Three also prompts us to maintain a sense of belonging and equality for everyone.  Therefore, we do not make references to specific religious denominations, professions and other affiliations during our meetings.  Likewise, we do not affiliate an individual group with the church or hospital where the meeting is being held.  For many of us, our S-Anon group is the first place we felt we really belonged.  Tradition Three reminds us to strive to maintain an atmosphere in which everyone who needs the help of S-Anon feels welcome.

Reprinted from Working the S-Anon Program, 1st Edition, page 31.