MidAtlantic Retreat

Survivors of incest anonymous 12 step program

The Eight Tools of Recovery

 SIA Literature, available on the SIA World Service Office website, is an important tool of recovery. Reading keeps us connected to the program anytime.

  1. Survivorship:  Abstinence from victimization.
  2. Sponsorship: We cannot work this program alone. We get a sponsor to help us work the steps; we sponsor others to keep us honest and recovering. Some of us choose to co-sponsor each other.
  3. Meetings: The place where we share our experience, strength and hope and hear how the program works. Getting to as many meetings as possible helps transform us from victims into survivors.
  4. Telephone: Reaching out to others between meetings lifts our isolation. We learn to connect with others; no matter where we are on the continuum between pain and celebration.
  5. Writing: A way of making conscious contact with ourselves, our histories and our Higher Power.
  6. Literature: Reading can keep us connected to the program any time of day or night.
  7. Service: We can’t keep it unless we give it away. We are all responsible for our own recovery, including the upkeep of SIA. There are many ways to serve.
  8. Anonymity: Respecting another’s anonymity means preserving their confidentiality. Also, we learn to place principles before personalities and find that we are all equal before God and all deserving of recovery.