Here you’ll find documents to help you run an SAL in-person or online meeting. One of the things you’ll find when you go to any SAL meeting is that our meetings are formatted the same.
Although each meeting may have a different overall feel depending on the progress of the group, the format (script, sharing, reading materials, etc.) will all follow a similar process.
We look forward to working with you.
Men's Recovery Information
Men's In-Person Meeting Procedures
Men's Online Meeting Procedures
Women's Recovery Information
Women's In-Person Meeting Procedures
Women's Online Meeting Procedures
Frequently Asked Questions
The group I moderate is fairly small, 3-6 people, must we still meet for 90 minutes?
Standard meeting length for all groups other than the 3 designated step study only groups is 90 minutes. If you are able to conduct the meeting following the script having a good 20 to 30 minutes of step study or white book study and then adequate time for everyone to share, if your meeting ends prior to 90 minutes that is acceptable. The goal is to have a good quality meeting that meets the SAL guidelines and promotes recovery and healing.
Where do I obtain chips to give out for those reaching milestones in their recovery?
There are probably various places to obtain the recovery coins. The recoveryshop.com is a good website to purchase your chips from. The 1-11 month chips are $.35 ea and the anniversary bronze chips are $.95 ea.
How do I find a location?
It is always preferable to find a location that will allow your group to meet for free, if possible. Some locations that have worked for our groups include libraries, community centers, and hospitals. Talk to your local representatives to see if this type of location would work for you.
How do we collect group donations?
Some groups use Venmo, some groups set up their own bank account, some groups keep their money in a lockbox at the location. Whichever way you choose to handle your group donations, be sure to safeguard by having at least 2 names on an account, or at least 2 people with username and password access.
The Service Position of Treasurer should be rotated every 6 months. This helps to ensure that group funds are being managed properly and honestly.
We encourage SAL groups to follow the example of AA and SA, donating a portion of their group funds back to Central Office–or in our case, S.A.Lifeline Foundation. Donations that come back to the Foundation help to cover the expense of meeting spaces, online platforms, and administrative costs to keep the program running. To make these group donations, visit https://sal12step.org/donation/ and select SAL Group.
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.
When can we begin meeting in-person in the re-opening phase of the COVID-19 pandemic?
See the following documentation on COVID-19 Re-opening guidelines: