The Host asks for a Volunteer to Lead the meeting. The Host is able to screen share while the Lead reads the script.

 

The Lead can ask for introducations at this time or before shares are given.

Sexual Anorexia/Avoidance Meeting Script

(download pdf) 

Lead Reads Aloud

Lead chooses a version of the Serenity Prayer to lead group in. (Short Version, We, Long)

Welcome to the COSA Zoom Room Fellowship.

My name is _________and I am doing service for this meeting.

Before we begin, please unmute your audio to join in saying the ______ Version of the Serenity Prayer.

‘Me’ Version (Short Version)
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.

 

‘We’ Version (Short Version)
God, grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change,
Courage to change the things we can,
And wisdom to know the difference.

 

The Serenity Prayer (Long Version)
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.
Patience for the things that take time,
Appreciation for all that I have,
And tolerance for those with different struggles.
Freedom to live beyond the limitations of my past ways,
The ability to feel your love for me and our love for each other,
And the strength to get up and try again even when I feel it is hopeless.

 

Host Reads Aloud

Welcome

We welcome you to the Zoom COSA fellowship and extend to you our support and friendship.

COSA is for people whose lives have been affected by another person’s compulsive sexual behavior.

COSA is an anonymous Twelve-Step recovery program for spiritual development, no matter what our religious or philosophical beliefs.

COSA offers hope whether or not there is a sexually addicted person currently in our lives.

In COSA, we begin to experience relief from our isolation in the safety of an anonymous gathering with others who share our stories.

Everything that is said in the group meetings and between members must be held in confidence. This promotes open and honest sharing of our experience, strength, and hope, creating a trust level that many of us have never before experienced.

By working the Twelve Steps in COSA, we gain a new perspective on ourselves and our lives. If you decide you are one of us, we welcome you with open arms.

Host chooses to have participants read Steps “Popcorn Style” (2-3 Steps each volunteer) or, one participant read all 12 Steps.

 

 

12 Steps of COSA

1. We admitted we were powerless over compulsive sexual behavior — that our lives had become unmanageable.

2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God.

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

7. Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.

8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we  understood God, praying only for knowledge of God’s will for us and the power to carry that out.

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and to practice these principles in all areas of our lives.

 

Host asks a participants to read the Tradition number that coordinates with the current month (i.e. January = Tradition 1) or all of the traditions. Steps “Popcorn Style” (2-3 Steps each volunteer) or, one participant read all 12 Steps

12 Traditions of COSA

1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon COSA unity.

2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority — a loving God as expressed in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.

3. The only requirement for COSA membership is that our lives have been affected by compulsive sexual behavior. The members may call themselves a COSA group, provided that, as a group, they have no other affiliation.

4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or COSA as a whole.

5. Each group has but one primary purpose — to carry its message to those who still suffer. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps ourselves.

6. A COSA group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the COSA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.

7. Every COSA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.

8. COSA should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.

9. COSA, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.

10. COSA has no opinion on outside issues; hence the COSA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.

11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, films, television, and other public media of communication. We need guard with special care the anonymity of all Program members.

12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

Host Reads Aloud

 

 

Etiquette and Guidelines for Sharing in Meetings

 

To keep the room Safe and Healthy, We COSAs:

  • Make a habit of arriving on time and staying for the entire meeting.

  • Are aware certain attire may be triggering for others and dress accordingly.

  • Stay attentive, avoid cell phone use/texting, minimize distracting movements, eating, etc.

  • Keep our video on. We make a visual and verbal introduction when entering the room for the safety of others. When possible, we inform “Everyone” in the chat box as a courtesy to the group if we must turn off our video.

  • Consider using ear buds if another person around us is able to hear anything. Meetings are private and anonymous.  We make sure that we are the only person others in the meeting can see and that meeting participants are only visible to us.

  • Communicate any barriers at the beginning of the meeting. For example, if our home has people or activities going on, we may have to suddenly stop our video.

  • Mute our microphone unless sharing or when asked to unmute by the Lead.

  • Members are asked to share their own Experience, Strength, and Hope (ESH) with the group, speaking in “I” terms (rather than using ‘you’) and keeping the focus on their own journey.

  • Do not refer to specific “Acting Out” places, people, or behaviors, but rather speak in general terms and focus on how we feel.

  •  Focus on the tools of the program, including the Steps, Traditions, and Slogans, like “Bring your mess to your sponsor and your message to the meeting.”

  • Advice-giving, Telling Others What They Should Do, Judging, Cross Talk (responding to another person’s share), Talking Directly to a Member, or Using Another Participants Name during share, are all strongly discouraged.

  • It is part of the Trusted Servant’s role as well as Member’s  responsibility to gently speak up if someone shifts away from these guidelines.

 

Host can ask for volunteer to  be a Time Keeper. Time Keeper informs group how they will let group members know set time is up.

So that all attendees get an opportunity to share, please limit your shares to three minutes.

This will allow time for Re-shares and Check-ins (Physical, Emotional, Mental,Social, Spiritual, Sexual).

 

Meeting ends 3-5 minutes before depending on information that Host may need to share

Lead reads aloud

Lead can choose to close with “I Put My Hand in Yours” or “The Serenity Prayer”

Host can share any Business

Room is open for open chat

Closing

That is all the time we have for sharing. If you didn’t get a chance to share, please share with someone after the meeting. 

To sign up for weekly meeting topics, click here:
COSA Zoom Room Topic Email Sign Up

The Seventh Tradition

Now is the time for us to honor the Seventh Tradition to be ‘Fully Self-Supporting, declining outside contributions’.

Our groups have no established dues. Funds collected cover expenses such as website and PayPal fees, delegate fees, and donations to the ISO.

At the end of local COSA meetings, a basket is passed for our Seventh Tradition. In the Zoom room we have the easy option of making contributions via PayPal with a one-time or recurring donation. 

Prayer 

Please unmute and join me in saying the closing Prayer 

I put my hand in yours, and together we can do what we could never do alone. No longer is there a sense of hopelessness, no longer must we each depend upon our own unsteady willpower. We are all together now, reaching out our hands for power and strength greater than ours, and as we join hands, we find love and understanding beyond our wildest dreams.” 

– Rozanne S. From I Put My Hand in Yours. Copyright 1968 by Overeaters Anonymous, Inc. Reprinted by permission of Overeaters Anonymous, Inc.

 

 COSA-related announcements

During Open Chat Members are encouraged to talk only about themselves, using “I” terms, and to give feedback only if requested by the person who is sharing and only in “Open Chat”. SA bashing is discouraged.