Specializing in the Treatment of 
Intimacy Disorders, Sex and Love Addiction, 
Trauma and Healing

12-Step Recovery Programs

Sex Addiction

Sex Addiction
(Family)

Alcohol/Drug Addiction
Alcohol/Drug Addiction
(Family)
Compulsive Gamblers, Debtors 

Compulsive Gamblers, Debtors (Family)

Eating Disorders

Food Addicts Anonymous (FAA)
Overeaters Anonymous (OA)

New England Recovery Associates (NERA) Addiction Recovery Experts Specializing in the Treatment of Intimacy Disorders, Sex & Love Addiction, and Trauma & Healing

Self-Help Resources

12-Step Recovery Programs

Prior to the development of Alcoholics Anonymous there was little recovery for those who suffered from alcoholism and other addictions. In AA, however, those with addiction problems found a program of recovery that worked.  Over time, the principles of AA have been applied to other addictions with significant success. As a result, there are several 12-step programs for sexual addiction and compulsion.

In many ways recovery from significant sexual addiction can be more difficult than recovering from some of the other addictions, with the heavy prevalence of sexual abuse in the backgrounds of sex addicts being one critical reason. In addition, sexual addiction fundamentally involves a problem with intimacy, something important for successful recovery.

12-step meetings offer the sex addict a means of social support that helps break isolation and lessen paralyzing feelings of shame. They also offer an opportunity for nonjudgmental accountability that can strengthen ones commitment to recover and to live with more day-to-day honesty and integrity. The meetings have their shortfalls, of course, as surely as do the individuals who attend them. Also, at any one point some meetings are going to be “better” than others. One cannot not expect perfection from meetings. 

Clients often ask about whether both 12-step meetings and psychotherapy are needed, or if one replaces the other. For many sex addicts, meetings alone are not going to be adequate for recovery, just as psychotherapy is typically not enough by itself for recovery. Research has indicated that it is important to include a period of psychotherapy with a therapist who is competent working with sexual addiction.

The 12-step meetings listed below can have differences in philosophy or membership at times. Sexaholics Anonymous, for example, is more specific about what behaviors are acceptable for sex addicts, while Sexual Compulsives Anonymous often has a large percentage of gay members. Also, Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous makes a special point of addressing “love addiction” as well as sex addiction, though all of the meetings address love addiction to some extent.  To find out about meetings in your area, visit the websites below:

Sex Addiction

Sex Addiction (Family)

Alcohol/Drug Addiction
Alcohol/Drug Addiction (Family)
Compulsive Gamblers, Debtors 
Compulsive Gamblers, Debtors
(Family and Friends)

Eating Disorders

Food Addicts Anonymous (FAA)
Overeaters Anonymous (OA)

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Our Locations

Serving NE Massachusetts,
New Hampshire & Maine

435 Newbury Street, Suite 202 
Danvers, MA 019235

23A Atkinson Street
Dover, NH 03820

Serving the Greater Boston, The South Shore to Cape Cod, and Northern Rhode Island

160 Old Derby Street, Suite 266
Hingham, MA  02043

40 Tremont Street, Suite 63 
Duxbury, MA 02332

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Serving the Boston
Metropolitan Area

21 Randolph Street
Arlington, MA  02474

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Lexington, MA 02421

South/Central Massachusetts,
Rhode Island and Northern Connecticut

45 Lyman Street, Suite 21
Westborough, MA 01581  02474

Our Clinicians

Jodi Conway, LADC, MAC, CSAT-s
James Bailey, LMHC, CADC II, CSAT
Sarah Doebler, LICSW, CSAT

Vincent Duffy, LICSW, CSAT
Aliki Pishev, LICSW, BDC
Moses J. Calouro, LCDP, ASAT

Robert M. Mello, Jr., LICSW, CSAT, EMDR II