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Service in closed Back-2-Basics

There are several ways you can serve in our MAA Back-to-Basics step study program.

  1. Many in MAA, who have participated in our closed Back-to-Basics step studies groups, take on further service as Back-to-Basics Group Sponsors after completing the Twelve Steps of Media Addicts Anonymous and graduating from three consecutive months in closed Back to Basics themselves. We have found that serving as a Group Sponsor is invaluable to maintaining one’s own media sobriety, while also helping other members who are new to recovery from media addiction.

  2. Another service position is B2B Group Mentors. Every B2B Group needs mentors to help support the Group Sponsors as a team.

  3. We also have important service opportunities serving on the Back-to-Basics Steering Committee (B2BSC).


Below find descriptions for each of these service positions and the requirements for each service opportunity. Anyone who meets the minimum requirements may apply.


Who we are?


We are ordinary recovering media addicts who have completed the 12 Steps through active participation in 3 months of a closed Back-to-Basics Step Study. Then, to continue our sobriety, we volunteered to serve by sponsoring newcomers and acting as Group Sponsors for a closed Back-to-Basics Step Study group for at least 3 months. Some of us chose to become Group Mentors.  This doesn’t mean that we “arrived”—it means that we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are media addicts and are just one click away from our addictive media if we don’t continue working the 12 Steps and carry the message of recovery to those who still suffer.  We know, as leaders, that we need to be even more diligent and seek more support than the people we serve, and we are committed to doing that.


What is our Vision?


We are dedicated to ensuring that closed Back-to-Basics continues for anyone interested in getting and staying media sober and that the standards for this intitive is kept in alignment with our intial vision. 


What do we do?


Many things. We make sure that a full description of the program along with a user-friendly application form is available on the website for anyone interested in joining.  We process application forms and responded funnel new members into the B2B groups.  Make sure that closed Back-to-Basics step study groups have the necessary Group Sponsors for each session with Mentors to support and encourage them. Maintain a well-developed manual that is updated when needed. Lead regular Group Sponsor orientation workshops to train new Group Sponsors. Keep Zoom accounts managed so groups can meet regularly, that the scripts that describe how to work the 12 Steps for both open and closed Back-to-Basics meetings are well written and edited. Contine to improve the formats and homework assignments and make them accessible on the website. Help run the Saturday 2:00 pm ET meeting,  coordinate it and record it, and put it on the MAA website..


How can you help?


As the saying goes, “It takes a village,” so if you are interested in supporting these efforts, we would be pleased to have you join our team.


Here are the qualifications required:


  • Have participated in a closed Back-to-Basics group for 3 months

  • Been a Group Sponsor of a closed Back-to-Basics group for 3 months

  • Be media sober and be willing to resign if you lose your sobriety

  • Have an MAA Sponsor and be an active member of an MAA group

  • Be available to attend a weekly meeting on Fridays at 12:00 pm ET

  • Commit to serving on the Back-to-Basics Service Board for two years

  • Volunteer to accept a service position on the Back-to-Basics Service Board if available

  • Enjoy working with others and being a member of a team


If interested in serving on the B2B Steering Committee, please send your request to join to

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