ABOUT S.A. LIFELINE FOUNDATION
S. A. Lifeline Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit charitable organization, funded primarily from sales of books published by the foundation and by donations from individuals and companies who believe in the purposes of the Foundation. S.A. Lifeline Foundation is not affiliated with any religion or organization. The name of the Foundation refers to Sexual Addiction Lifeline.
S. A. Lifeline Foundation was founded in 2008 by Steven & Rhyll Croshaw who actively manage the work of the Foundation. They are assisted by a group of volunteer community leaders and educators who recognize the pressing need for greater awareness and education relating to the crippling effects pornography on individuals, families and society and the hope for recovery.
S.A. Lifeline publishes four of the top-selling and most informative books on pornography and sexual addiction and betrayal trauma, including He Restoreth My Soul by Donald L. Hilton Jr., MD; Understanding Pornography Addiction and Betrayal Trauma written and edited by S.A. Lifeline; What Can I Do About
Him Me? by Rhyll Ann Croshaw, and Protecting Families from the Harmful Effects of Pornography written and edited by S.A. Lifeline Foundation.
The purpose of S.A. Lifeline Foundation is to provide hope, education, and resources related to pornography and sexual addiction recovery and healing from the effects of betrayal trauma. Our purpose is most succinctly stated as “Recovering Individuals, Healing Families.”
Pornography use produces feelings of shame, self-hatred, remorse, emptiness, and pain that lead to isolation, loneliness and despair.
Pornography use inhibits healthy relationships – personal desire is placed above all else and the appetite for pornography becomes insatiable.
Just like alcohol and controlled substance drugs, “using” pornography is addiction-forming and its use is a gateway to sexual addiction. Sexual addiction, also referred to as “pornography addiction,” often leads to feelings of isolation, despair, loss of job, divorce, damaged family relationships, loss of trust, and withdrawing from God.
“Most, if not all families will be affected by pornography.” —He Restoreth My Soul by Donald L. Hilton Jr., MD
“We have not recognized fully the scope and nature of this problem” — He Restoreth My Soul by Donald L. Hilton Jr., MD
“Pornography is neither harmless nor helpful. Pornography use is not simply a habit. It is a mood altering, belief changing, relationship damaging, addiction forming, socially harmful, spiritually deadening, life crippling practice, through which one practices the ways of the adversary.” —Jill C. Manning, PhD
OUR PHILOSOPHY OF RECOVERY
God is at the center of each individual, and His power is the foundation of recovery and healing.
All human beings are spiritual, physical, emotional, and mental beings with agency.
Honesty, humility, accountability, and a willingness to surrender to God’s will are fundamental attributes for individual recovery and healing.
Recovery and healing is self-directed, but must be supported by others through participation in qualified therapy, education, establishing healthy boundaries, actively working the 12 steps, and accepting spiritual guidance.
OUR MESSAGE IS OF HOPE
S.A. Lifeline Foundation provides:
- Recovery information and education to those directly impacted by pornography addiction and suffering from betrayal trauma.
- Support for SAL Twelve-step Group Fellowships specifically related to recovery from pornography addiction and betrayal trauma including assisting in their formation and providing meeting space for many meetings in-person and on-line.
- Recovery information and education to individuals, as well as religious, civic, educational, and business leaders about pornography addiction and betrayal trauma and its impact on individuals, marriages, families, children and society.
- Resources and support of qualified professional counselors and counseling organizations who deal specifically with pornography addiction and betrayal trauma treatment.
- Resources and support for ecclesiastical leaders who are on the front lines assisting those who are seeking recovery and healing from pornography addiction and betrayal trauma.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SAL & SA/S-ANON?
The main difference between SAL & SA/S-Anon is that SAL meetings are gender-specific, whereas SA/S-Anon are not. SAL believes that, due to the nature of sexual addiction, keeping meetings gender-specific is an important safety factor.
Additionally, SAL provides more organizational structure for our program. We strive to offer a uniform experience whether SAL meetings are held in Alaska, Japan, or in cyberspace, where people can expect the same format and procedures, the same emphasis on accountability and sponsorship, and the same focus on a Higher Power at the center of recovery. SAL also offers additional resources such as The Circles Models, The Recovery Puzzle, and the Courses and Curriculums offered through sal12step.org.
SAL has the highest respect for SA and S-Anon and uses their literature with gratitude and respect for copyright.