How to Start a Meeting

How to Start a Meeting

It only takes two people to have an SCA meeting, but starting it is another story. These basic guidelines and questions are designed to assist you in starting a meeting of Sexual Compulsives Anonymous.

You may order a “starter kit” that includes a booklet with this material plus:

  • 5 copies of the Little Blue Book
  • 10 copies of the yellow “Four-Fold”
  • 10 copies of For the Newcomer
  • 10 copies of Q&A
  • 10 copies of a Sexual Recovery Plan template

All of these materials were compiled and produced by members of SCA.

If you are interested in starting an SCA meeting in your area where there are no SCA meetings and would like to know if others nearby you are also interested, complete a form that will send an email to SCA’s International Service Organization. The form will ask for your first name and last initial, your city or town, and an email address for others in your area to contact you. A volunteer will respond and will assist you in starting an SCA meeting in your area.

A Quick Guide to This Material

  1. Design a format for the type of meeting you want and write it down, including a name for the meeting.
  2. Get any necessary literature.
  3. Find a location, a day and a time.
  4. Register your location, day and time with the appropriate people.
  5. Elect a Chair, Treasurer, Literature Person and Intergroup Rep.
  6. Register the officers of the meeting with the appropriate people.
  7. Once the meeting has built a treasury, make the appropriate donations.
  8. Keep Intergroup (or ISO) and any other relevant people apprised of any changes in the meeting (i.e., location, time, name, officers, etc.).


The Twelve Traditions of SCA form the framework for all SCA meetings and our community. Our First Tradition states, “Personal recovery depends upon SCA unity.” You are weaving a very important part of that unity by starting a meeting in your community. You are encouraged to read the Twelve Traditions as a means of laying the roots of a meeting and your recovery in healthy soil.

You are taking a very helpful and encouraging step toward your recovery, as well as strengthening the well-being of our program and its outreach services. So, when someone calls us and asks, “Do you have a meeting in my area?” we can proudly say, “YES!” – all because of your efforts. Thank you!