Sexual Compulsives Anonymous

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Sexual Compulsives Anonymous (SCA) is an organization that describes itself as providing a twelve-step program for recovery from what it terms sexual compulsion.[1] SCA's founding is attributed variously to 1982 in New York City[2] and to 1973 in Los Angeles.[3] Although the fellowship originally sought to address issues of sexual compulsion among gay and bisexual men, and this is still the fellowship's predominate demographic, today the program is LGBT friendly, open to all sexual orientations, and an increasing number of women and heterosexual men are participating.[4][5][6] SCA meetings are most likely to be held in urban areas with larger gay and bisexual male populations. The majority of members are white, but vary in age and socioeconomic background. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop having compulsive sex.[4][5][7]

Sexual recovery plans[edit]

A sample of a (blank) SCA recovery plan document

SCA supports healthy sexual expression and does not expect members to repress their sexuality, which they believe is associated with sexual anorexia. Members are encouraged to develop their own definition of sexual sobriety that does not place unreasonable demands on their time or energy, place them in legal jeopardy, or endanger their health.[1] SCA members incorporate their definition of sexual sobriety into what they call a sexual recovery plan. Sexual recovery plans are modeled on the work of Patrick Carnes, a sexual addiction researcher, based on the model for Overeaters Anonymous (OA), whose members create individualized "food plans."[2][4]

Sexual recovery plans have three columns: abstinence, high-risk, and recovery—analogous to the three circles used in Sex Addicts Anonymous. The sexual recovery plan is used as a blueprint for recovery. The abstinence column includes "bottom-line" behaviors corresponding to relapse and from which members ask their Higher Power to be freed. The high-risk column includes behaviors, emotional states, ritualized activities, and situations that make them vulnerable to relapse. The recovery column includes positive behaviors that support their wellbeing and meet their needs in a healthy manner.[5]

Literature and publications[edit]

SCA distributes its own literature, including the primary book used in the fellowship, Sexual Compulsives Anonymous: A Program of Recovery, and several book-length and smaller brochures and pamphlets, such as What About Masturbation?, Q&A: A Guide for Newcomers and Secret Shame.[8] Parts of these brochures are published on the SCA website.[9] SCA also publishes an online journal known as The SCAnner.[7]

SCA developed "The Twenty Questions," an instrument allowing potential members to self-evaluate their sexual compulsivity.[10] The results of this questionnaire correlate with symptoms of prefrontal cortex dysfunction, an area of the brain thought to be relevant to addiction—not only to substances, but also behaviors such as sex and gambling as measured according to the (FrSBe) Frontal Systems Behavior Scale.[11]

Trivia[edit]

  • Following her affair with Bill Clinton, and at the prompting of her psychologist, Monica Lewinsky vowed to stay celibate for one year and attended Sexual Compulsives Anonymous meetings.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sexual Compulsives Anonymous (1990). A Program of Recovery. New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA: SCA. ISBN 0-9627966-0-3. OCLC 27338605. 
  2. ^ a b Salmon, Richard F. (1995). "Therapist's Guide to 12-Step Meetings for Sexual Dependencies". Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity 2 (3): 193–213. doi:10.1080/10720169508400081. 
  3. ^ "Where do tearoom queens com from?". The Advocate 8. 7 November 1973. ISSN 0001-8996. OCLC 2256995. 
  4. ^ a b c Parker, Jan; Guest, Diana L (1999). "Chapter 3: Choosing the Appropriate 12-Step Program for your Client". The Clinician's Guide to 12-Step Programs: How, When, and Why to Refer a Client. Westport, Connecticut: Auburn House/Greenwood. pp. 41–64. ISBN 0-86569-278-5. OCLC 40890897. 
  5. ^ a b c Parker, Jan; Guest, Diana (2002). "Chapter 8: The Integration of Psychotherapy and 12-Step Programs". In Carnes, Patrick; Adams, Kenneth M. Clinical Management of Sex Addiction. New York, New York: Psychology Press. pp. 115–124. ISBN 1-58391-361-0. OCLC 49312705. 
  6. ^ Buxton, Amity P. (2006). "When a Spouse Comes Out: Impact on the Heterosexual Partner". Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity 13 (2): 317–332. doi:10.1080/10720160600897599. 
  7. ^ a b "Web Site Review". Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity 7 (1): 147–155. 2000. doi:10.1080/10720160008400213. 
  8. ^ Sexual Compulsives Anonymous (2013-01-26). "Literature & resources". Retrieved 2013-01-26. 
  9. ^ Lerza, Linda J; Delmonico, David L (April 2002). "Sexual Compulsivity in the Workplace: Resources for Behavioral Health Providers". Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity: the Journal of Treatment & Prevention 9 (2): 173–183. doi:10.1080/10720160290062248. 
  10. ^ Sexual Compulsives Anonymous (2007-03-26). "The Twenty-questions Test". Retrieved 2007-10-22. 
  11. ^ Spinella, Marcello (2007). "The Role of Prefrontal Systems in Sexual Behavior". International Journal of Neuroscience 117 (3): 369–385. doi:10.1080/00207450600588980. PMID 17365121. 
  12. ^ Sarler, Carol (1999-03-07). "Monica: I'm a sex addict". The People. p. 21. Retrieved 2007-11-22. 

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