About Meetings

About Meetings

Meetings are where you may hear, see, say, experience a fellowship of recovering sex addicts.  "Bring your own" experience, whatever that is. You are welcome.

Women meetings suspended until summer 2020. Write: WomenSAAMtl@Gmail.com

Monday (Third Floor) and Wednesday (Main Floor) 
Mixed Open Meeting 7-8:30 p.m.

Greene Centre, 1090 avenue Greene, Montreal (Westmount) 

Transit: STM Atwater OR Lionel-Groulx. Walk 4-5 mins.

You may find most helpful to call another person and/or bring yourself to the next meeting, rather than any words on a screen.

Many of us came to believe that S.A.A. was the only place that we could talk about our increasing problem with sex addiction.  

Perhaps these problems were secrets until someone found out about them.  These meetings provided us with an opportunity to talk about what had been happening in our lives.

Sitting in the rooms of Sex Addicts Anonymous, we were surrounded by people who understood what we were going through.  

Some members shared a little bit about their story, what brought them into the program.  

We could identify with their feelings of shame, loneliness, and behaviours.

What we have found remarkable in this fellowship is that there is a solution to our sexually addictive behaviour.  

You may not understand how this could be possible.  We ask you to keep an open mind and to keep coming back to meetings. 

If you listen, you may hear members share their experience, strength, and hope, rather than focusing on the differences.  

We also invite you to read the other brochures provided for you to help you get acquainted with the Montreal fellowship of Sex Addicts Anonymous.

Must I share?

As you wish. Listen and say nothing, or wait until you feel like sharing.

When you would be ready to share, please do so from your own experience, and avoid explicit language (swear words) or sexually abusive language about others.  To talk to or with another member do so before or after but not during the meeting. 

Listen and observe other members’ sharing as a guideline.  Respectful talk with others at the group level cultivates an environment of safety for everyone present.

We typically do not address other members directly by name during our sharing because this takes the focus off the person who is sharing and onto the person who is being addressed without their consent.  

We also do not comment on another member’s sharing because our meetings are a safe place where we can talk about what is going on for us, sharing our own experiences. 

Members may not feel safe sharing if they feel another member might criticize them.  If you have any questions that come up during the meeting, you may discuss with another member after the meeting is done.  We do not normally give feedback during a meeting.

What are “circle boundaries”?

At our meeting, you can obtain our brochure Three Circles which many of our members found helpful in figuring out what “inner circle behaviours” are. Many of us have also found that working with a sponsor has helped us establish what our inner circle behaviors are and becoming sober from them. 

To find out more about sponsorship and what it entails, we suggest that you come to a meeting yourself. 

You may be comparing your behavior with the way other members have acted out in their addiction, focusing on the differences and having a difficult time identifying with their behaviors.

Reading literature and coming to meetings may help you identify with some of the common aspects and feelings experienced while in active sex addiction, regardless of the specific behaviours involved.

Is S.A.A. a religious organization?

No.  Sex Addicts Anonymous is not affiliated with any religious denomination. The spiritual nature of our program is derived from our own personal experiences. Everyone who is seeking to stop their own addictive sexual behavior is welcomed here regardless of what their religious affiliations or lack thereof. 

If you have any more questions...

Please feel free to ask any member before, or after, but not during a meeting.

We do not have to go through the pain of our sex addiction alone any longer.  

Here is a group of people who understand your experience like no other because they have gone through the wringer themselves and have found a way out.  This is what we want to share with you:  our solution.

(MontrĂ©al S.A.A. approved literature, but not approved by the International Service Organization of Sex Addicts Anonymous (I.S.O. of S.A.A.).  The MontrĂ©al Fellowship wishes to acknowledge the Eugene Fellowship of Eugene, Oregon who are the authors of the original text.)