What is a newcomer?

Newcomer is a term commonly used in 12-step meetings for a person who has just started attending meetings.

What is a newcomer interview?

Before a newcomer attends their first meeting, two sober members of the SA fellowship meet face-to-face with the newcomer to describe the SA program in detail.

Prior to the interview, it may help to review the following from the SA website:
What is Sexaholics Anonymous?
What is a Sexaholic and What is Sexual Sobriety?
Test Yourself
The Problem
The Solution
The Twelve Steps
The Twelve Traditions

Why is a newcomer interview necessary?

In the tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous, meetings are designated as either Open (anyone may attend) or Closed (only members may attend). At this time, all SA meetings in the Buffalo area are Closed.

In order to maintain the anonymity of our members, we do not make public the addresses of our meetings. We meet with the newcomer to verify that they qualify for membership. (Tradition 3: The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop lusting and become sexually sober.)

How do I setup a newcomer interview?

Call the SA Buffalo Information Line: 716-803-8565
  • Leave your first name (for your own anonymity, don't leave your full name)
  • Indicate the best time(s) to return your call
  • Let us know if we can leave a message if we don't reach you (for privacy reasons, we won't leave a message on your phone unless you've told us it's OK to do so)
  • NOTE: Our call back to you will be from a number listed as "Private", so you will need to be able to accept private calls to speak with us.

You may also send an email to: recovery@sabuffalo.org
  • Please realize that although we may correspond via email, someone will still need to speak with you via phone in order to setup the interview.

I'm a student, can I attend an SA meeting as part of my addiction training?

Unfortunately, no; all SA meetings in Buffalo are Closed.

There are other 12-step groups for sex addiction that may have Open local meetings:
Sex Addicts Anonymous
Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous