What is Sponsorship?
Sponsorship is one recovering person talking to another recovering person. Through sharing, both individuals enrich their lives. The sponsor and the sponsee meet as equals, discuss recovery issues, work the Steps, and work the program.
For the newcomer, a sponsor is a special person with whom they can discuss problems, ask questions, and through whom they can gain an understanding of recovery through the 12-Step program.
Is a sponsor required?
No. Sponsorship is an important, valuable aid in recovery, but it is not required.
Is it important to have a sponsor?
Yes. A relationship with a sponsor is an important tool in recovery. It is often the beginning of the development of an ability to trust others and communicate effectively. Having frequent, close contact with another member of the program provides an opportunity to deal with issues in private that one might not be willing to raise in front of the group.