For those of you not familiar with the S-Anon/S-Ateen Service Manual, it is a wonderful free resource available on the S-Anon website. It contains valuable information on a wide range of topics, from who can join S-Anon, to starting a meeting, the service structure, how literature is written, and many more resources for all members.
The service manual, or the SSSM, was originally known as the S-Anon Group Handbook. There was a major revision in 2007, which is the current format today, and some of you may have that version if you purchased it from the S-Anon literature store in a binder. In 2017 an ad hoc committee was formed to revise the SSSM, a little bit at a time.
The current version of the SSSM is located on the S-Anon website, in the “Members” section, under the tab “Member and Group Resources.” It can be downloaded in parts, or in its entirety. You can even print it yourself. Each part that has been revised will have the date of the revision. You will see many dates throughout the manual, as some parts needed more work than others.
Everything except the last section of the SSSM has been updated, as needed, by the ad hoc committee and the Board of Trustees (BOT).
The last section is the Appendices, which include the World Service Conference Charter, the BOT Bylaws, the literature Conference Approval Process, the Regional Trustee Election Process, and other writings. It is currently under review, and the goal is to have everything revised by the end of 2021. If you are not familiar with the SSSM, please take a peek, as it is filled with lots of resources, and may become another tool for your spiritual toolbox. It can be a resource for your group too, as there are many topics that can assist groups in making decisions. Some groups use the SSSM as a monthly meeting topic. Others have done weekly studies of the SSSM, going through all 5 parts. It can be one of those tools that is useful when a group has a question but does not know whom to call.