ESSAY is our bimonthly “Meeting in Print” and presents the experience, strength, and hope of SA members. ESSAY is aware that every SA member has an individual way of working the program. In submitting articles, please remember SA’s sobriety definition is not debated, since it distinguishes SA from other sex addiction fellowships. Opinions expressed in ESSAY are not to be attributed to SA as a whole, nor does publication of any article imply endorsement by SA or by ESSAY. The closing date for articles is approximately six weeks prior to publication dates in February, April, June, August, October, and December.


As of June, 2017 the ESSAY in digital form is available free from the website. In order to serve the members of the SA fellowship, a print subscriber or a person using a free download of an ESSAY issue is granted permission to distribute or make ten copies—print or digital—of that issue, to be shared with members of SA. Such copies may not be further copied, shared, or altered.

In lieu of making copies, refer persons to so they can download a copy for themselves.

We encourage all who are capable of subscribing to a print edition to do so. We encourage readers of the digital edition to make a contribution to SA, as your financial support is critical to the work of our fellowship.

Permission to copy ESSAY articles is not granted to ESSAY issues dated prior to March 2015. No issues of, or articles from, ESSAY may be placed on any cloud service (such as Google Drive) or website, other than



Your writings and art are invited, although no payment can be made. All articles, art, and letters submitted are assumed intended for publication in the print magazine, on the website, as well as for recording and putting on our podcast platform. All articles are edited to maintain their essence and meet ESSAY word length and content limits. Articles submitted become the property of ESSAY for copyright purposes. Please do not reference unadjudicated illegal activities.

The ESSAY especially welcomes meeting room photos, artwork and humor. Graphic art and funny stories enhance each issue. For graphics, 300 dpi is preferred.

We invite articles of different lengths, from 200-400 word anecdotes or memories, to 400-600 word Practical Tools or Steps & Traditions, to 800–1200 words on the Theme of the issue or SA Stories. We prefer electronically submitted manuscripts sent to Articles may be sent by postal mail to SAICO, PO Box 3565, Brentwood, TN 37024 USA. Handwritten items should be written clearly on only one side of each sheet. Articles are invited in the original language with an English translation. Please include an author name, sobriety date, address, telephone number, and/or email address so that authenticity can be verified. This information will remain confidential.


1. Personal Information We Collect

Information You Submit

You may submit certain personal information in connection with your use of our website. For example, if you subscribe to our bimonthly email newsletter, you will be asked to enter your name, email address, phone number, and whether or not you are an SA member. You may also choose to submit your personal stories, your experiences, as well as photographs and artwork.

Information Collected Automatically

In order to improve our website and application, and tailor our web services to your needs, ESSAY may also automatically collect information about you when you use our website. The type of information collected includes information about your computer, mobile device, or other device that you use to access the website or other application(s), which may also include, for example, IP address, access dates and times, geolocation information, unique device identifiers, browser type, browser language, and other transactional information. We may also collect information about your use of our website and application, which may include, for example, a reading history of the pages you visit on our website.

We may receive personal information about you from our third party service providers, software or applications, who enable us to deliver our website, apps and online content to you. Our service providers are contractually bound to use your personal information only in accordance with our instructions and this Privacy Policy. With your consent, the service providers may use your personal information for other purposes as stated in that provider’s privacy policy.

2. Use of Cookies

Like many websites, ESSAY may use “cookies,” which are files stored on your device that help ESSAY identify users and optimize their website experience. Most browsers accept cookies automatically but allow you to disable them. We recommend that you leave cookies enabled so we can offer you a better experience. Essay will not drop cookies or other tracking methods that are persistent and cannot be erased from your device. Your IP address, searches, and other usage information are collected by Google analytics, but only to generate aggregate data to help us improve our website.

Our third-party providers may occasionally drop cookies on your device. Essay does not control these cookies, and these cookies fall outside the scope of this Privacy Policy.

3. Our Use of Information

We may use your information to provide and improve our website, apps and activities. For example, we may use your personal information to:

  • Process and fulfill subscriptions;
  • Communicate with you about your subscription to our email newsletter or information you have submitted, respond to your inquiries and requests for other assistance or information;
  • Notify you about changes to our policies;
  • Optimize or improve our website, communications and operations;
  • Detect, investigate, and prevent activities that may violate our terms or policies, applicable law or regulations, or the rights of any persons, organizations or entities.

4. Retention of Information

We delete your personal information as soon as we no longer need it in connection with the purpose for which it was submitted or collected, unless we are required by law to retain it for a longer time and we only retain it in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

When you cancel your subscription to our email newsletter, we will delete your personal information we have previously received, except if information is still needed for the purpose for which it was collected.

Service Providers

ESSAY occasionally engages third-party contractors and agents that provide services to ESSAY, such as database hosting and web analytics. These entities may have access to personal information in order to perform their functions. We do not authorize them to use the information we share with them for any other purpose.

Legally Compelled Disclosures

ESSAY may disclose personal information to government authorities and other third parties when compelled to do so by law, including, without limitation, in response to court orders and subpoenas.

Emergency Situations

ESSAY may disclose personal information if required to do so or in the good-faith belief that such disclosure is necessary to (i) protect and defend its rights or property, the website or its members, and (ii) act under emergency circumstances to protect the personal safety of the ESSAY editor, his assistants, or others.

Affiliated Entities

We may disclose personal information to the Board of Trustees.

5. Security

We use appropriate technical and organizational measures to keep your personal information secure. Though ESSAY takes reasonable steps to protect the security and integrity of all personal information provided to ESSAY, due to the nature of the Internet, no transmission of data over the Internet is guaranteed to be completely secure. It may be possible for third parties to intercept or access transmissions or private communications unlawfully, including when you contact ESSAY by email or a “contact us” or similar feature on the website. Accordingly, ESSAY cannot guarantee that information, during transmission through the internet or while stored on its system or otherwise in its care, will be absolutely safe from intrusion by others, such as hackers.

6. Children

This website is not directed at children under the age of 18, and ESSAY does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under 18 years of age. If you are under 18 years of age you should not use this website, and under no circumstance should you provide personally identifiable information to ESSAY.

7. Notice to Persons Outside of the United States

Please note that:

The personally identifiable information you provide to ESSAY will be transferred to the United States for processing in accordance with this Privacy Policy, for which we will obtain your express consent, to the extent required by law;

You have the right to access your personal information upon request, to have it corrected as necessary, to have it deleted when you no longer want to use our website, participate in activities, or communication with us, or to have it transmitted to anyone you choose;

You also have the right to share your concerns about how we use and protect your information if you have any.

To exercise these rights, please contact SA’s Central Office at

8. Questions?

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please use our website feedback form to contact us.


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