Meetings

Attending SAA meetings starts us on a new way of life. But while the SAA fellowship supports our recovery, the actual work of recovery is described in the Twelve Steps. Meetings are forums for learning how to integrate the steps into our lives."
(Sex Addicts Anonymous, 2nd ed., p. 20)

Meetings policy.

“Meetings are the heart of the SAA fellowship. At meetings we emerge from our shame, secrecy, and fear, into a community of people who share the common goal of freedom from sex addiction. They give us the opportunity to talk about our lives and and our addiction with other sex addicts, people who have had similar experiences and understand the problems we face. Attending our first SAA meeting is a crucial step in moving away from isolation into fellowship, and ultimately into recovery. For many of us, our first meeting was a freeing experience.”
(Sex Addicts Anonymous, 2nd ed., p. 10)

Meetings are open to anyone with a desire to recover from sexual addiction. Members can have any religious belief, or no belief at all. In general our meetings are open to male, female, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer sex addicts. However, because of the nature of our addiction, some meetings are only for men, and one meeting is only for women. One meeting (Thursday in Norfolk) concentrates more on issues specific to women and LGBT, but is open to all sex addicts.

Closed meetings.

Unless otherwise specified, all SAA meetings in this area are closed meetings, meaning that only those with a desire to stop addictive sexual behavior may attend.

New members will be asked to "qualify" for attendance at a closed meeting. While the specifics of qualification are determined by the individual meeting, the usual requirement is to share with the group the behaviors that led the new-comer to seek a meeting, and the desire to stop those behaviors. Some meetings allow new-comers to qualify with one or two individuals, if desired, rather than with the whole meeting.

Open meetings.

In general, open meetings are open to anyone who desires to find out about sex addiction. However, due to the sensitive nature of sex addiction, some meetings have specific guidelines. Check the meeting page, or call the meeting contact, before attending as a non-sex addict.

Anonymity and confidentiality.

“We strive to practice anonymity and confidentiality, so that the meeting will be a safe place for each and every sex addict. We generally use only our first names in the group, to help ensure anonymity. Who we meet or what is said in a meeting is treated as confidential and is not discussed with non-group members.”
(Sex Addicts Anonymous, 2nd ed., p. 12)

Meeting size.

Some members are more comfortable in smaller meetings, having greater opportunity to share about specific issues in their lives. Others are happier in large meetings, with a greater diversity of experience and less pressure to share. For this reason, the list below indicates typical attendance at each meeting as follows:

(S): Approx. 4 to 6
(M): Approx 7 to 15
(L): More than 16

Many of us have found it helpful to attend a variety of meetings, including meetings of different sizes, to help us select those meetings which provide what we most need to help in our recovery. Also, we may find that our needs change over time, as we gain sexual sobriety and confidence in our recovery.

Sunday

Virginia Beach
Intergroup

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
2nd Sunday of Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, & Nov
Bayside Presbyterian Church
1400 Ewell Road
Enter door at north end

Norfolk
SAA (M)

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2nd Presbyterian Church
7305 Hampton Blvd
Enter door by playground

Monday

Suffolk
SAA (S)

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
OPEN MEETING
Western Tidewater Community Services
135 S Saratoga St
Suite A

Norfolk
SAA (L)

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
1st Lutheran Church
1301 Colley Ave
Enter red door across from Starbucks

Virginia Beach
SAA (M)

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Virginia Beach Recovery Club
1900 Baltic Ave
Two story white house; enter through back door

Tuesday

Norfolk
SAA (S)

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
2nd Presbyterian Church
7305 Hampton Blvd
Enter door by playground

Hampton
SAA (L)

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
MEN ONLY
+ COSA*
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
2150 Cunningham Dr

Wednesday

Virginia Beach
SAA (L)

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
5181 Singleton Way
Enter door to the right and follow the signs to the meeting room

Hampton
SAA (S)

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
VA Medical Center
100 Emancipation Dr
A07, Bldg 137

Norfolk
SAA (S)

7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
1st & 3rd Wednesday of month only
WOMEN ONLY
2nd Presbyterian Church
7305 Hampton Blvd
Enter door by playground

Thursday

Williamsburg
SAA (S)

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Farley Center @ Williamsburg Pl
5477 Mooretown Rd
Outpatient entrance

Chesapeake
SAA (S)

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
River Oak Church
255 Great Bridge Blvd
222A

Norfolk
SAA (M)

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
LGBT and Women's Issues
1st Lutheran Church
1301 Colley Ave
Enter red door across from Starbucks

Friday

Portsmouth
SAA (S)

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Sattvic Space Yoga & Healing Center
1308 Airline Blvd
Enter door facing Scott Street

Virginia Beach
SAA (S)

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
1489 Laskin Rd
4A-4B

Norfolk
SAA (S)

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
520 Graydon Ave.
Entrance on Graydon Ave.

Virginia Beach
SAA (L)

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
+ COSA*
Bayside Presbyterian Church
1400 Ewell Road
Enter back right door from parking lot

Saturday

Hampton
SAA (L)

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
2150 Cunningham Dr

Williamsburg
SAA (S)

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
MEN ONLY
Farley Center @ Williamsburg Pl
5477 Mooretown Rd
Outpatient entrance


Sunday

Virginia Beach Details
Intergroup
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
2nd Sunday of Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, & Nov
Bayside Presbyterian Church
1400 Ewell Road
Enter door at north end

Norfolk (M) Details
SAA
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2nd Presbyterian Church
7305 Hampton Blvd
Enter door by playground


Monday

Suffolk (S) Details
SAA
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
OPEN MEETING
Western Tidewater Community Services
135 S Saratoga St
Suite A

Norfolk (L) Details
SAA
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
1st Lutheran Church
1301 Colley Ave
Enter red door across from Starbucks

Virginia Beach (M) Details
SAA
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Virginia Beach Recovery Club
1900 Baltic Ave
Two story white house; enter through back door


Tuesday

Norfolk (S) Details
SAA
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
2nd Presbyterian Church
7305 Hampton Blvd
Enter door by playground

Hampton (L) Details
SAA
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
MEN ONLY
+ COSA*
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
2150 Cunningham Dr


Wednesday

Virginia Beach (L) Details
SAA
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
5181 Singleton Way
Enter door to the right and follow the signs to the meeting room

Hampton (S) Details
SAA
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
VA Medical Center
100 Emancipation Dr
A07, Bldg 137

Norfolk (S) Details
SAA
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
1st & 3rd Wednesday of month only
WOMEN ONLY
2nd Presbyterian Church
7305 Hampton Blvd
Enter door by playground


Thursday

Williamsburg (S) Details
SAA
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Farley Center @ Williamsburg Pl
5477 Mooretown Rd
Outpatient entrance

Chesapeake (S) Details
SAA
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
River Oak Church
255 Great Bridge Blvd
222A

Norfolk (M) Details
SAA
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
LGBT and Women's Issues
1st Lutheran Church
1301 Colley Ave
Enter red door across from Starbucks


Friday

Portsmouth (S) Details
SAA
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Sattvic Space Yoga & Healing Center
1308 Airline Blvd
Enter door facing Scott Street

Virginia Beach (S) Details
SAA
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
1489 Laskin Rd
4A-4B

Norfolk (S) Details
SAA
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
520 Graydon Ave.
Entrance on Graydon Ave.

Virginia Beach (L) Details
SAA
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
+ COSA*
Bayside Presbyterian Church
1400 Ewell Road
Enter back right door from parking lot


Saturday

Hampton (L) Details
SAA
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
2150 Cunningham Dr

Williamsburg (S) Details
SAA
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
MEN ONLY
Farley Center @ Williamsburg Pl
5477 Mooretown Rd
Outpatient entrance

* Meetings annotated "+ COSA": in addition to this SAA meeting, at the same location, there is a COSA meeting for spouses of sex addicts.

Note: This link is provided solely as a convenience to members and does not imply affiliation or association with COSA.