A SASA meeting is a unique tool to use during recovery. While SASA is not a replacement for therapy when needed, the camaraderie and sisterhood which survivors feel when among others who have been through similar experiences is not something easily described.
The time spent with others who understand (and who ‘get it’ in ways no one else can) is a relief, and can be inspiring. SASA stresses the fact that we are not alone, and nothing else makes that point as vividly as taking part in an SASA meeting. All of us are in different stages of recovery, but all of us need validation that what happened was real, and that we are not to blame.
Meetings can definitely be started by survivors who had never been to 12 step meetings. All SASA groups are autonomous. There is no one “correct” way to run a meeting. Formats and other decisions – such as the length of meetings- differ from one group to another (see meeting format). If you’ve attended other 12 Step meetings that you like, you can model your SASA meeting after those. The caring support from other survivors is what makes our meetings what they are – a safe place to come together and share.
As always, take what you like, and leave the rest.