When someone is in addiction recovery, “sponsor” is the word often heard in association with that person's recovery. For those of you who are not familiar with this word, sponsor is a senior member of AA or NA who has been in recovery for at least a year. Sponsors help individuals in early recovery to navigate membership, answer questions, work on the 12-steps, and offer accountability. A sponsor is also a confidant who understands where the person in recovery is coming from, mentally and emotionally.
Choosing a suitable recovery sponsor after leaving treatment is critical for getting back to the routine of day-to-day life. The sponsor will not only take the recovering individual through the steps but also support the person on the path to recovery. Knowing what to look for in choosing a sponsor can help selecting a perfect fit from the start. Remember a good sponsor should be active in his or her own recovery and as a rule of thumb, individuals in early recovery should avoid a sponsor/sponsee relationship with someone that there could be the possibility of physical or sexual attraction in the course of their interaction. Romantic involvement in early recovery can present a distraction that takes away the focus on the recovery process.
Below are considerations that can serve you as a guideline when choosing a sponsor.
1. Does the person have a sponsor or other sponsees? When a sponsor has a sponsor of him/herself, it further demonstrates the person's commitment to sobriety and the experience with the sponsor/sponsee relationship. This may provide additional support for the new person being sponsored who is in the early stages of recovery. On the other hand, someone who is already sponsoring another person may not be a good fit, as this person won't be able to devote enough time to the individual in recovery.
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