A sponsor is a person walking in victory in a specific area of struggle that is willing to offer support and encouragement through utilizing the tools of a program of recovery. It is strongly suggested that a sponsor be of the same sex and moreover, have working knowledge and experience in the specific recovery program. If the response to a request for someone to be your sponsor is “No”, don’t take it personally but continue looking for the right person.
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It is not customary for a sponsor to listen to the same issues repeatedly once a solution has been proffered. Suggestions, assignments and stepwork are given and most importantly, God affords opportunities to apply spiritual principles in daily activities. If destructive behaviors don’t change, then it is detrimental to the sponsor’s recovery to continuously be exposed to stagnant negativity. It is necessary to recall that the sponsor is also in recovery and may need to protect their serenity.
A sponsor accepts the commitment to guide the sponsee along their journey of personal growth and change, yet it is the responsibility of the sponsee to contact their sponsor on a regular basis, take the suggestions and make every effort to apply their program in their daily activities. A sponsor does not do the work for the sponsee. A beneficial analogy is if a parent did their child’s homework, the child is unlikely to ever learn the material. If you want what we have to offer, and are willing to make the effort to get it, then you are ready to take certain steps.
Just as feeding our addictions was a learned practice, so living in freedom from acting out on our obsessions or compulsions can be mastered by emulating healthy behaviors of our predecessors. Awareness of our patterns is necessary to effect change. Often times we cannot see our defective character traits ourselves, but others can easily spot these long before we recognize them. Gratefully, we do not need to walk through this journey alone. Millions of people around the world are finding recovery today by the therapeutic value of one addict helping another.
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Both parties benefit from the sponsor-sponsee relationship. The sponsee gains valuable resources from the experience, strength and hope that their sponsor shares. The sponsor profits as the rewards of knowing that we have rendered a positive impact on another’s life are immeasurable. It is suggested that we give back what was so freely given to us, because we can only keep what we have by giving it away.