Meetings vary but the ones in Claremont are fairly similar. The first 15 minutes are often devoted to readings we do every week, for example, the Steps, the 12 Traditions, "How It Works", "The Addiction", "The Solution", etc. Then, if it's a book study, we read from the book Sex Addicts Anonymous for about 15 minutes. After the readings, we have open sharing. Whoever wants to share about what brought them to SAA or what's going on with them now in terms of the addiction and what steps they are or are not taking to overcome it etc. There is no "crosstalk". That is, one member shares at a time and the other members listen respectfully. It's not a time to ask questions or give advice to others; rather, it's a time to get honest about our life and try our best to submit ourselves to the recovery process. The shares are usually about 3-4 minutes and they are timed so that no one dominates the meeting. Finally, we have 2 or 3 more regular readings and we say the "Serenity Prayer" at the end (it's a spiritual but not a religious program). After the meeting members can chat and exchange phone numbers or just leave. It's very informal. While we have a leader, no one holds power over other members. We are all in this together and no one member has any special authority over others.