Tradition Nine: SAA, as such, ought never be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve

1. Read the section on Tradition Nine in Sex Addicts Anonymous pages. 90-92.
What are my first reactions to the words of this tradition and what I read?

2. Read the paragraph starting with "The Ninth Tradition is based on the insight".
  1. On what insight do our groups function best?
  2. What simple idea is our fellowship founded upon?
  3. What is our structure guided solely by?
  4. What does this paragraph say is part of the reason our groups are so effective?
  5. What does keeping it simple help us focus on?

  1. What does it mean that our groups rely on spiritual principles?
  2. How are my groups organized?
  3. How does keeping the group and fellowship structure simple help us to focus on recovery?
  4. What does this imply about one person or a small group of people deciding the "acceptable format" for meetings?
  5. While we build upon what worked in the past, what does this imply about any need to follow what was done elsewhere or even in past years in my group?

  1. How does a focus on simplicity help with identifying spiritual principles, spiritual practices, and experiences?

3. Read the paragraph starting with "Not being organized also means".
  1. What does this tradition imply about a membership committee or disciplinary committee?
  2. What does that mean in practical terms?
  3. What does that give each of us?
  4. What do other organizations have?
  5. What would result if we practiced that type of organization?
  6. What have we learned from not being organized and what authority do we rely upon?

  1. What comfort does this lack of organization give me when I am struggling with my addiction and have doubts about being accepted here?
  2. What responsibility does this lack of organization give me?
  3. How can I participate in the volunteer efforts given my level of recovery?
  4. What authority do we rely upon for the proper operation of our groups and our fellowship?
  5. How does this help us avoid many forms of conflict?
  6. What does this imply as to how we should handle the inevitable conflicts that may arise in our groups?
  7. While we cannot kick someone out, what can we ask them about any behavior that is problematic and how should such situations be addressed (see Tradition Two)?
  8. What does that mean for the survival of our groups and our fellowship?

4. Read the paragraph starting with "Of course, there are practical matters".
  1. What do we usually need to do?
  2. What are these "practical matters" for my group?
  3. What might we eventually need to do?
  4. What are the ways that my group solves these practical matters and are those ways in line with our principles?

  1. What were the results in any situation when the practical matters were not handled according to spiritual principles?
  2. What did we need to do to pull the situation back in line with our spiritual principles?

5. Read the paragraph starting with "If we were to organize".
  1. What might happen if we were to organize the group to deal with the practical matters?
  2. Why do groups create service boards or committees?
  3. What do we form when several meetings coordinate their activities?
  4. What is our service structure founded upon?
  5. What do every service board or committee owe their existence to and what is their sole purpose?

  1. Many groups can operate with just occasionally taking a few minutes to vote on a matter.
  2. But there are more serious matters that need to come to a group conscience more full discussion.
  3. What is the pattern at my group?
  4. Why should my group have a formal business meeting?
  5. What issues festered when we had not taken the time to have a formal "group conscience meeting?"
  6. What service boards or committees am I aware of and what functions do they do?
  7. Have I seen any committees take on a life of their own and attempt to run without reporting back to the group/fellowship and what have been the results?

  1. The Intergroup and the ISO perform a number of functions.
  2. Which ones am I aware of?
  3. Would it be possible to perform those functions without a separate committee or board to do them?

6. Read the paragraph starting with "For our boards and committees".
  1. What do these boards and committees need to remain accountable?
  2. Who gets to be on these boards and committees?
  3. In most matters concerning our principles as a fellowship, what is the trusted servant expected to do?
  4. What is vital throughout our service structure?
  5. What are the groups and service committees responsible to do?
  6. What makes our committees work best?

  1. Who is to direct these groups?
  2. From whom does the "trusted servant" need to seek direction?
  3. How much communication is needed between the groups and the rest of the fellowship?
  4. The phrase has two words, "trusted" and "servant". The person is not the slave of the group, but someone who is trusted.
  5. Does my group trust the "servant" to make decisions on their own while reporting back to the group?

  1. At the ISO level, there is another document called the Twelve Concepts.
  2. In that, it talks about both the right of decision which allows the trusted servant to make their own decision without being bound by the group that sent them.
  3. How does this right allow for a higher power to direct the group of trusted servants even if that decision is not what the group that sent that servant wanted?

7. Read the paragraph starting with "The Ninth Tradition protects us".
  1. What is the danger that this tradition protects us from?
  2. What does the fact that the committees are directly responsible ensure?

  1. How does the Ninth Tradition protect us from abuse of power?
  2. How often do committees in this fellowship keep going past the time when they are helping?
  3. How quickly do committees fall apart and not get anything done?
  4. How often is the problem far more that nobody wants to do the work than someone trying to take control by serving?
  5. How would calling the committee to report to the group change the dynamics in that committee?

  1. What does this tradition suggest when we have someone join our group with good organizational skills and charisma?
  2. What should we do about the natural temptation to use those skills while allowing the person's recovery to slacken?

  1. What implications for spirituality do I see in this Tradition?
  2. How does a lack of organization allow us to focus on the principles of recovery?
  3. What do we gain by not having set classes, schedules for how fast to work the steps, mandatory daily practices at set times, or hierarchies to whom we have to report regarding our recovery?
  4. How can I use this spiritual principle in my family, my work, and elsewhere in my community?