Earning Respect

When I was an active sexaholic,  I was irresponsible and unreliable, and I did a lot of stupid,  insane things.   No matter how hard I tried, I could not stop. It didn't matter if I kept myself extra busy with work or other activities; the addiction always "snuck" back in.

The only way I've found to get sober is by attending a lot of face-to-face SA meetings (I'm at about 2000 right now),  asking someone to be my sponsor,  and then doing what he told me to do, which involved working the Steps.  I continue to do these things because, over the years, I've earned back the respect of my wife,  my family, and myself. I'd like to keep that respect,  so I continue to do what has worked.  

I also know that I am by no means special. I've seen a lot of other newcomers walk into the rooms of SA,  go to a lot of meetings,  get a sponsor, and work the Steps. They get the same results I've experienced.