History of LAA
Adddicts Anonymous was co-founded by Susan Peabody and Howard Gold
purpose was for love addicts to have their own 12-Step program with
the focus on the various types of love addiction and codependency.
dates her own recovery back to AA on November 7, 1982.
wrote the literature behind the scenes, and Howard took on the responsibility
of facilitaring the first meeting on September 12, 2004. They met
in Oakland, California. About 12 people attended.
2005, a business meeting endorsed the literature and decided that
the format of LAA should include reading from a book chosen by each
group. The purpose was to always have some information about recovery
for those who were new, and to keep the focus on recovery as opposed
to venting about the problem.
2006, the message board was created for for LAA members to communicate
with each other. It was small in the beginning but now it has 7,000
2014, LAA became international.
2019 , the International Committee was formed to try to bring all
the meetings together to make decisions.
2019, the LAA Basic Text was written. It was revised according to
the memebers wishes, and then approved. A vote was taken on the
message board. It will be revised as we grow and can get more opinions.
It is modeled on the AA Big Book with information in the begining
and stories at the end.
2019 the South Africa LAA group created our logo .
and South Africa are currently working on an LAA Step Guide. The
current version in on the message board.
has passed on, but as of 2020 Susan still works behind the scenes.
Service is part of the LAA committment.