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The importance of spiritual connection in recovery from sexual addiction and betrayal trauma cannot be overstated. 

 At SA Lifeline, we understand that recovery is, at its heart, a spiritual process. 

 We have found that the spiritual connection that we lack in our deepest pain is most effectively gained through actively working the 12 Steps with the guidance and support of a sponsor. 

 While other spiritual practices and guidance from an ecclesiastical leader may be helpful, it is working the 12 Steps that uncovers the spirituals walls we have built up in our lives of addiction or trauma. 

12 Step work is a lifelong pursuit that can continue to peel back the layers of our ego and resistance.

The 12 Steps

Step 1

We admitted that we were powerless over lust – that our lives had become unmanageable.

Step 2

Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

Step 3

Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

Step 4

Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

Step 5

Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

Step 6

Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

Step 7

Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

Step 8

Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

Step 9

Made a direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

Step 10

Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

Step 11

Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

Step 12

Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to sexaholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

(Reprinted for adaptation with permission of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., Sexaholics Anonymous, p. 208)

The spiritual process that occurs through 12 Step Work is grounded in the principles of surrender, found in the Serenity Prayer.

The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace.
Taking as He did this sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that He will make all things right,
If I surrender to His will,
That I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with Him forever in the next.
Thy will, Not mine be done.

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