You know that never works right? Nobody gets sober on their own.
That’s what the incomparable Sarah Fader told me on Skype. That was one month ago and I think she might have saved my recovery with that little piece of truth telling. Not to mention the two great guys she helped me contact.
Sarah if you’re reading this – you were in the top 5 for my potential higher powers.
— Sarah Fader (@TheSarahFader) March 19, 2017
Back to the question, do you need a sponsor to quit drinking?
It may have been possible, but looking back I don’t like the odds. Even working through Skype, my sponsor has been a major help in my fight against addiciton. I was already 40 days sober when we got started, but the work since then has been so important for me staying sober.
The trusted guide is a key part of most recovery programs. Bill W was the original AA sponsor. When I read the BIG BOOK it’s very much like he’s sponsoring me today through his writings.
I’m very grateful to have help with my recovery. I will take all the help possible to beat this addiciton and get my life back on track.
Here are #9 ways my sponsoring is helping my recovery
- He’s my coach for the 12 steps.
- When I need help, he’s my tutor for the BIG BOOK
- A veteran of recovery can best tell you when to duck & cover
- He listed to my 5th step – that was a 2 hour meeting
- Someone with zero motive to manipulate me – so I can trust
- Someone who I have zero reason to manipulate – so I can be honest
- Bullshit alarm – so I can start trusting myself
- A friendly voice in my hour of need
- Someone who can say “good job” knowing what it’s like
Now that’ I’ve been to some other AA meetings, I know that my experience is what you’d expect from a good sponsor.
- Alcoholics Anonymous has an official brochure about Sponsorship.
- He’s not available, but YODA would be an epic AA sponsor
Maybe the better question, why would you want to fight addiciton without someone like that in your corner?
I’d love to hear your feedback. Leave a comment below to share your experience with sponsorship (good or bad).