The Suggested Social Anxiety Anonymous Tools of Recovery:
Gentle but persistent use of these tools of the Social Phobics Anonymous / Social Anxiety Anonymous 12 Step Program are the key to a new life free of crippling social anxiety symptoms—
“Now we will discuss the SPA tool of recovery. In The SPA program, each person goes at their own pace and without pressure from anyone else. We are each free to use those parts of the program that we like and disregard the rest. The SPA Tools Are: (Read the following list)–
Daily Study of SPA Literature
Weekly attendance at support groups (in SPA we do not expect you to come to groups or pressure you to come– but regular attendance will get you the best results).
Working The 12 Steps
Phone Calls (or emails) between group members– to get and give support during the week
Bookending (contacting group members before and after taking difficult actions in our recovery)
Daily Prayer or Reflection
Daily Meditation or Taking Quiet Time To Be Still and Get Centered
Journaling (writing down our feelings and our step work)
Service To Our Fellow SPA Members (helping each other in healthy ways)
Vision Work or Dream Work (see Step Four-A for a description of Vision Work)
Practicing Constructive Assertiveness (setting healthy boundaries in a manner that reflects a spirit of compassion for self and others).
Co-Sponsorship (co sponsors are two people who team up to coach and support each other during the week)
Full Sponsorship (a Sponsor is a more experienced group member who acts as a coach)–Full Sponsors are people who have made a lot of progress in reducing their social anxiety and are well experienced in working 12 Steps). **Sponsors only make suggestions and share personal experiences– they never tell anyone what to do. We only agree to sponsor or co-sponsor if and when we feel ready to do so and only with those with whom we feel comfortable.”
“Now Lets take sharing from just one or two people on any of the tools that we just read.” ((Sharing on the tools should be limited to only one or two people so that there is time left for general sharing as well as the open reading in the group, if after 4 minutes— no one shares, move on)).