S-Anon International Family Groups

For Professionals - Who We Are

What are S-Anon Family Groups?

  • A fellowship of the relatives and friends of sexaholics who share their experience, strength and hope in order to solve their common problems.
  • A program of recovery adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous and based on the Twelve Steps and the Twelve Traditions.
  • A fellowship requiring no dues or fees for membership; S-Anon is self-supporting through member contributions.
  • The only requirement for membership is that the person is affected by the sexual behavior of a relative or friend.
  • S-Anon's primary purpose is to offer its members recovery from the effects of another person's sexaholism and to help families and friends of sexaholics. S-Anon has a variety of literature, conventions and meetings to provide support for families and friends of sexaholics.
  • S-Anon is an anonymous program: All members are asked to respect each other's anonymity, that is, to keep in confidence what is said and who is seen at an S-Anon meeting.

What is S-Ateen?

  • A Twelve Step program for teenagers who have been affected by the sexual behavior of a relative or friend.
  • Meetings follow S-Anon's Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions.
  • S-Ateen meetings are conducted separately from those of S-Anon, and are guided by adult S-Anon sponsors.

S-Anon/S-Ateen Groups Are Not:

  • Counseling or therapy groups - we do not give advice but share our experience, strength and hope with one another.
  • Groups that discuss or endorse any specific religious point of view. S-Anon is a spiritual program, but its principles are open to all, regardless of faith or creed.
  • Focused on gossiping, criticizing, or staying stuck in the problem. We are here to help ourselves and other group members by focusing on solutions.


For more information, please view our Resources For Professionals page.


This page was last modified on 5/7/16.