It is important for our spiritual and emotional health to meet regularly with other people who are seeking recovery. Walking in purity can be challenging, and the support and encouragement of others on the same path can be helpful in keeping us on track to freedom.
There are a variety of formats and philosophies for support groups. The groups listed here do not necessarily hold the same beliefs as this site’s author. With that in mind, we encourage you to thoroughly check out a prospective group’s beliefs before committing to it. Most of the groups listed on this page are Christian-oriented groups. Some groups, such as Sexaholics Anonymous, offer fairly non-religious, 12-Step programs similar to Alcoholics Anonymous.
A note for Christians…If you are a Christian, one of the dangers you face with sex addiction is becoming isolated or alienated from the body of Christ. Fear of rejection or judgment are common tools the evil one uses to steer people away from breaking secrecy with other Christians. Don’t allow the devil to cut you off from the prayer support, teaching and encouragement that you need. Consider Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV: 24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
If you are involved in a good support group and would like to list it on this page, please contact us.
International Groups (Including Online Groups)
- Avenue Resource: This Christ-centered nonprofit organization, provides men and their wives with easy-to-use curriculum and leadership training tools to experience healing and restoration from the impact of sexual compromise. National and international groups available, with new ones forming regularly.
- Brothers in Christ, Inc.: A global, web-based support network for Christian men
- Celebrate Recovery: Started by Saddleback Church, “Celebrate Recovery ministry is to fellowship and celebrate God’s healing power in our lives through the ‘8 Recovery Principles.’ This experience allows us to ‘be changed.’ By working and applying these Biblical principles, we begin to grow spiritually. We become free from our addictive, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors. This freedom creates peace, serenity, joy and most importantly, a stronger personal relationship with God and others. As we progress through the program we discover our personal, loving and forgiving Higher Power – Jesus Christ, the one and only true Higher Power.”
- Co-Sex Addicts (COSA): Open to anyone whose life has been affected by sexual compulsivity
- L.I.F.E. Ministries International: The L.I.F.E. Ministries website has a directory of links to groups primarily in the U.S. but also in some other countries. This is a Christ-based support group ministry dedicated to encourage, empower, and equip God’s people to live in freedom everyday.
- Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA)
- Sexaholics Anonymous (SA)
- S-Anon: Fellowship of the relatives and friends of sexually addicted people who share their experience, strength and hope in order to solve their common problems.
- The Catholic Support Group for Sexual Addiction Recovery
- True Knights (a Catholic Support Group for Sex Addiction Recovery)
- Yahoo Group: We are a long established yahoo group sex addicts with approximately 2000 members. We are not 12 step but the vast majority of our members belong to a 12 step sex addict group.
United States Groups: Includes all of the above groups, plus:
- Nationwide: Desert Stream Ministries S.A.L.T. program; 20-week support group offering worship, teaching, prayer and accountability for sex addiction recovery.
- Nationwide: Healing for the Soul, features weekly teleconference groups; innovative, faith-based approach; ideal for people in remote areas or those desiring anonymity.
- Nationwide: Overcomer’s Outreach, (800) 310-3001 (Christ-centered 12 step program)
- Nationwide: Sexaddict.com link page – contains many group links
- Nationwide: http://supportgroups.com/
- Alabama, Tuscaloosa:
Freedom In Grace Ministry: Gene Fondren, President& Founder, ph. 205-887-0629
Betrayed Hearts: For wives of sex addicts; Vicki Fondren, Leader, ph. 205-887-0628
- Alaska, Anchorage: Prodigals of Anchorage, 2518 E. Tudor Rd. Suite 202; 907-884-6044
- California, Costa Mesa: Men’s Purity Group, Calvary Chapel, 714-979-4422
- California, San Diego: San Diego Institute for Couples & Families, Men’s Groups, (619) 800-5112, 2831 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 201
- Colorado, Denver & Littleton: Front Range Counseling Center Groups, 303.933.5800
- Colorado, Denver: groups arranged by Jason B. Martinkus, M.A., Redemptive Living LLC, 670 Grant St., Denver, CO 80203
- Florida, Jacksonville: www.904true.org, 904-443-0246
- Florida, St. Pete Beach: Family Life Recovery Ministry at Revealing Truth Ministries Church. We are a supportive fellowship to those who are saved through the blood of Jesus, or those who have the desire to become saved, who have been affected either directly or indirectly by the abuse of any mood altering substance or any life destroying compulsive behavior(s), i.e., gambling, sex, etc. We invite those who have the desire to walk in freedom from mood altering substances or any life destroying compulsive behaviors. We meet once a week on Monday evenings from 7-830, at Revealing Truth Ministries, 203 73th Ave, St. Pete Beach, Fl 33706.
- Maine, Bangor: (Celebrate Recovery) Columbia Street Baptist Church, 63 Columbia Street, Bangor, ME 04401; Contact Name: Aric Rice; email@example.com; 207-745-5521; www.csbcbangor.org; Monday 6:00 p.m
- Maine, Bath: (Celebrate Recovery) Life Church-Bath Senior Center, 45 Floral Street, Bath, ME 04530, FMI 207-208-7377; Tuesday 6:30 pm
- Maine, Houlton: (Celebrate Recovery) Sanctuary of Hope, 20 Military St, Houlton, ME 04730, (207) 538-0007, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Maine, Lamoine: (Celebrate Recovery) Faith Community Fellowship, 36 S Birchlawn, Lamoine, ME 04605, (207) 667-7537
email@example.com Tuesday 7:00pm
- Maine, Lewiston: (Celebrate Recovery) Pathway Vineyard Church; 9 Foss Road Lewiston, Maine 04240; Contact Name: Lori McRae; firstname.lastname@example.org 207-841-0071; www.pathwayvineyard.com; Thursday’s 6:00pm dinner, 6:30pm large group
- Maine, Portland: (Celebrate Recovery) Christchurch, 1900 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04102, Contact Name: Dianne
207-856-2858, email@example.com; http://www.christchurchportland.net Sunday 6:00pm
- Maine, Presque Isle: (Celebrate Recovery) Family Christian Center, 112 Caribou Rd, Presque IsleContact Name: Ayo, 207 764 6176; www.thefamilychristiancenter.org, Fridays at 6.30pmMaine, Unity: (Celebrate Recovery) Unity Community Center, 32 School St, Unity, ME, Contact: Deb Dinsmore, 207-993-2496, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.unityfcc.org, Friday 6 pm
- Maine, Waldoboro: (Celebrate Recovery) First Baptist Church, 71 Grace Ave, Waldoboro, ME 04572, (207) 785-4050, email@example.com, Thursday 6:00pm
- Maine, South Portland: (Celebrate Recovery) Rock Church, 7 Braeburn Ave, South Portland Maine 04106, 207-772-7797, Contact Name: Caren, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.rockmaine.comTuesdays 6:00pm
- Maryland, Baltimore: New Freedom Life Fellowship, Evangel Cathedral Church of God, 7000 Rossville Blvd; similar to Celebrate Recovery, yet varied curriculum; We offer fellowship and spiritual guidance through God’s word and direction. We are a deliverance prayer group also. POC: Marilyn Harrison 410-676-2056
- Michigan, Lansing: Dunamai, http://www.dunamai.org/, Mount Hope Church, 517-321-0523 ext. 4934
- Missouri, Kansas City: 12-Step Group
- Missouri, Liberty: www.jumprecovery.org (JMP3); Pleasant Valley Baptist Church on Wednesday nights 7-830 (men and women are in) separate share groups ; contact Brad Johnson 816 308 9026 or Jeff Baird at 816 803 7610. JUMP is an intensive outpatient program for people with addictions or people married to people with addictions. JMP3 is a a 1.5 hour once a week meeting that is free.
- New Jersey, Freehold: Celebrate Recovery, Abundant Life Church of God , 632 Colts Neck Road (Route 537 East), 07728, Phone: (732) 740-9400 direct, (732) 409-2923 church office, meet every Thursday at 7:00, Anthony C. Jankowski, Ministry Leader
- New Jersey, Scotch Plains: Celebrate Recovery, Evangel Church, 1251 Terrill Road, Phone 908-322-9300
- North Carolina, Fayetteville: “Called 2 Conquer” Men’s group – Paul Conner 910-322-0060; “Called 2 Conquer” Women’s group (women dealing w/men’s addiction)- Vicky Johnson 910-583-2861
- Oregon, Portland: Vantage Point Counseling, Martha Darkins and Adam Wood; We have a weekly men, women, and couples counseling groups as well as individual counseling as well.
- Texas, Houston: “Battle Lines” Counseling; Second Baptist Church, Room 4012, Jane Elder Building, 6400 Woodway, Houston, Texas 77057; 713 365 6095;
Meets Tuesdays from: 7 PM to 8:10 PM break into small groups from 8:10 PM to 9 PM
- Texas, Katy:
Castimonia – Men’s Sexual Purity Support & Recovery Groups; Saturday Mornings at 10am in the Student Building; Monday evenings at 7pm in the Community Room; The Fellowship at Cinco Ranch, 22765 Westheimer Parkway, Katy, TX 77450; Castimonia@thefellowship.org;
Parakaleo – Group for the spouses of men who struggle with maintaining sexual purity: Monday evenings at 6:45pm in Room S105 of the Student Building. The Fellowship at Cinco Ranch, 22765 Westheimer Parkway, Katy, TX 77450; email@example.com;
- British Columbia: Freedom Session: Its slowly spreading south from British Columbia to Washington state. It’s based on celebrate recovery but digs way deeper. small group participation is not optional and if you don’t do the homework you can’t participate in small group, you can just listen.