Tradition 7: Every SAA group ought to be fully self-supporting declining outside contributions

1. Read the section on Tradition Seven in Sex Addicts Anonymous pages. 87-89.
What are your initial reactions to this section?

2. Read the paragraph starting with "The Seventh Tradition ensures".
  1. What does the Sevent Tradition ensure?
  2. As addicts, what were we all too often ready to do?
  3. What are we learning in this recovery program?
  4. What does this mean at the group level?
  5. What do we gain by declining outside contributions?

  1. What does it mean when groups "pass the hat" at a meeting but state that donations are strictly voluntary?
  2. Does my group tell new members that their first time at a meeting is free and refuse their donations?
  3. What message does that give to the new member?

  1. When I look around my group, do I see things that are not working?
  2. What does this tradition suggest is my responsibility?
  3. Have I seen people try to influence other groups through sponsorship or by claiming that they have paid X amount and thus deserve certain treatment?

3. Read the paragraph starting with "Each group must meet certain".
  1. What must we meet? What does each group need?
  2. Of this list of things, what does my group not have?
  3. What usually happens once a group is established?
  4. What has our experience shown us if that support is not happening?
  5. What do most groups do with money beyond meeting the basic needs?

  1. Has my group had trouble paying the rent?
  2. If my group has financial challenges, have we focused only on the financial aspects or have we addressed them by taking a group inventory and seeing what other spiritual issues exist?
  3. Has my group been able to pay for someone to go to the Intergroup meeting, the Area meeting, and the Convention?
  4. How does expecting our trusted servant to pay their own way violate the spirit of this Tradition?
  5. What has my group done with extra funds beyond a "prudent reserve"?

4. Read the paragraph starting with "Being self-supporting involves".
  1. What does each group need beyond money to pay the bills?
  2. What are the volunteer needs of the group?
  3. What are these non-monetary contributions?
  4. What is the result of each of us taking responsibility for the group?

  1. The section in the Green Book about the spiritual nature of our program ends with a description of how working the Steps leads to a life of service.
  2. If my group has trouble filling the servant needs of the group, can we refocus the group towards working the Steps?
  3. How does a renewed focus on the Steps resolve financial and volunteer shortages?

5. Read the paragraph starting with "Our experience has shown".
  1. What does not accepting outside contributions encourage us to do?
  2. Although we have expenses and a treasury, what are we not and what are not our concerns?
  3. What do many SAA groups choose not to do?
  4. What should we not lose sight of?

  1. There are two natural behaviors about money; trying to make a business profit, or trying to make this a "ministry" which relies on the passion and generosity of a few.
  2. Does my group fall into either camp?
  3. Does my group have a "prudent reserve"?
  4. Does my group have regular reports on the financial health of the group?
  5. Do we use the group conscience to direct how the money is spent?
  6. How have we seen other groups accept outside funding and then experience the source of that funding attempting to modify their message?
  7. How have we seen places offer free meeting spaces and then try to modify how we operate?

6. Read the paragraph starting with "Being fully self-supporting means".
  1. What does fully self-supporting really mean?
  2. What are some of our natural tendencies?
  3. What is the actuality of that situation?
  4. When does a group work well?
  5. How are we fully self-supporting?
  6. What security does that bring us?

  1. What does this say we need besides money?
  2. What happens when we take responsibility for the meetings?
  3. Are there people who have held servant positions for a long time?
  4. What would happen if certain members leave?
  5. Would my group be strong enough to continue?
  6. Are we willing to experience the struggles of someone new to a position?

  1. Does my group have a consensus about what our primary purpose is?
  2. Are we focused on the spiritual nature of this recovery or on something else?
  3. How many different ways are we reaching out to others?
  4. What spiritual deficiencies might be uncovered if we were to do a "group inventory" and how would a focus on working the steps help the group recover?

  1. What implications does this Tradition have for spirituality?
  2. How would "self-supporting" suggest changes to my own interactions with others in my family, to how my family interacts with other groups, and to how my emotions are affected at home, at work, and elsewhere?
  3. How much do I want to let other people do my recovery for me?
  4. How much do I rely upon my spouse, my sponsor, or others in the group to do the work of recovery?
  5. Have I complained that recovery isn't working for me upon my schedule and received feedback that I'm lacking in working a step?
  6. How can I use this Tradition to guide further spiritual and emotional growth?
  7. How can I be mindful of my impact on other family members, fellow workers, and others in my community?