Becoming a Sponsor – Recovered 905

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Alcoholics Anonymous began with sponsorship.

When Bill W., only a few months sober,

was stricken with a powerful urge to drink, this

thought came to him: “You need another alcoholic

to talk to. You need another alcoholic just as much

as he needs you!”

He found Dr. Bob, who had been trying desperately

and unsuccessfully to stop drinking, and out

of their common need A.A. was born. The word

“sponsor” was not used then; the Twelve Steps had

not been written; but Bill carried the message to

Dr. Bob, who in turn safeguarded his own sobriety

by sponsoring countless other alcoholics. Through

sharing, both of our co-founders discovered, their

own sober lives could be enriched beyond measure.

What does A.A. mean by sponsorship? To join

some organizations, you must have a sponsor ?

a person who vouches for you, presents you as

being suitable for membership. This is definitely

not the case with A.A. Anyone who has a desire to

stop drinking is welcome to join us!


What was your understanding of a sponsor when you were new?


How did this understanding evolve?


When did you first become a sponsor?


What were your concerns and fears?


How does sponsorship help the sponsor?


Can any member be a sponsor?


When is a member ready for

sponsorship responsibility?


What does a sponsor do and not do?


Is there any one best way of

sponsoring a newcomer?


How can a sponsor explain

the A.A. program?


Should a sponsor recommend



How can a sponsor work with

an alcoholic’s family?


Should a sponsor lend money

to a newcomer?


Should a sponsor intercede

with an employer?


Can a sponsor be too firm?


Can a sponsor

be overprotective?


Can a sponsor be too casual?


How can a sponsor handle an

overdependent newcomer?


How can a sponsor work with

a newcomer who rejects help?


When newcomers resist

“the spiritual side” of the program,

what can sponsors do?


How should a sponsor deal with slips?


Can a member sponsor more than

one newcomer simultaneously?

Check out this episode!

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