What it Takes to Become a Sponsor for NA or AA
There are many different things you must keep in mind when considering becoming a sponsor. Being a sponsor for someone in recovery is a full time job. The idea of sponsors came about in the 1930s when two alcoholics discovered the benefit of helping each other maintain sobriety. Choosing to become a sponsor is a great step in your very own recovery that comes with many benefits. Treatment Alternatives, a Massachusetts drug treatment facility, has a few tips for those who are interested in sponsorship and how to become a sponsor to guide other addicts in recovery.
If you have made it through all 12 steps of recovery, chances are you have a sponsor to thank for the guidance. Although reaching the final step 12 signifies reaching the end, this does not mean that you are completely free of your addiction. However, achieving the final step in the 12 steps of recovery dignifies that you have reached an entirely new level spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically, etc. The next thing you should do is spread the message. Share the gift that your sponsor allowed you to see. You can become a sponsor for an addict who is struggling.
If you want to become a sponsor, the most important thing for you to do is to inform others in your support group that you are ready and willing to take on the task of being a mentor for new members. You must be ready to fulfill the role of being a sponsor. The longer you have remained sober, the greater the ability you will have to help someone who is new to recovery.
One of the unspoken rules of being a sponsor is that you should be the same gender as the addict that you are guiding. Of course, you are able to be a sponsor to an addict of the opposite sex; however, many groups believe the recovery process is more effective if you are the sponsor to one of the same gender as you.
When you become a sponsor, it is important to remember that your newcomer is everything. You must be willing to do anything and everything that you can in order to help another person through sobriety. You must encourage an addict to attend various meetings to open their eyes and give them a new perspective on life as a sober being. Your newcomer is going to suffer during the detox process, whether they are weening off of alcohol or already going through cocaine withdrawals. When you become a sponsor, you are also responsible for helping stay strong during those tough times.