Literature is extremely reliable. It is always there for us. It is something we can carry with us and refer to at any time of the day or night. Because it is drawn from the experiences of many members, it carries great strength and wisdom. It gives us hope and inspiration. We learn from the example of others that it is possible to live sober, productive and serene lives.
The books Alcoholics Anonymous (the “Big Book”) and Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (the “Twelve and Twelve”) teach us how to work our program. Out of the Shadows by Patrick Carnes, Ph.D, describes the disease of sexual addiction and co-addiction. There are other books we use in our recovery from sexual addiction, such as Came to Believe and Answers in the Heart.
Many of us have found that reading literature on a daily basis has greatly helped us in our ongoing recovery.