Porn Anonymous sprang out of the original Alcoholics Anonymous Program and is a nonprofit fellowship of people for whom porn had become a major problem. Membership is free and open to all porn addicts.
Porn Anonymous provides a recovery process and peer support network that are linked together. One of the keys to PA’s success is the therapeutic value of addicts working with other addicts. Members share their successes and challenges in overcoming active addiction and living porn-free, through the application of the principles contained within the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. These principles are the core of the Porn Anonymous recovery program.
Porn Anonymous itself is a non-religious program of recovery; each member is encouraged to cultivate an individual understanding—religious or not—of the spiritual principles and apply these principles to everyday life.
There are no social, religious, economic, racial, ethnic, national, or gender membership restrictions. There are no dues or fees for membership. Porn Anonymous is not affiliated with other organizations, including other twelve step programs or treatment centers. As an organization, PA does not employ professional counselors or therapists nor does it provide residential facilities or clinics. PA has only one mission: to provide an environment in which addicts can help one another recover from porn addiction and find a new way to live.
In Porn Anonymous, membership is based on a desire to stop using porn and has, as a foundation, the principle of complete abstinence. It has been the experience of PA members that complete and continuous abstinence provides the best foundation for recovery and personal growth.
The primary services provided by Porn Anonymous are the live and online group meetings. Each group runs itself based on principles common to the entire organization. Individual members lead the PA meetings while other members participate by sharing about their experiences in recovering from porn addiction.
In a country where Porn Anonymous is a relatively new and emerging fellowship, the PA group is the only level of organization. In places where a number of Porn Anonymous groups have had the chance to develop and stabilize, groups elect representatives to form a local and regional service committees.