From the May 2013 magazine.

May 2013: A Call for Sponsorship

A member can’t say enough about that special one-on-one bond of recovery

I think we could emphasize the importance of sponsorship more in the program, especially to newcomers, and how vital it is in working our AA program. Although we sometimes refer to our sponsors when we share at meetings, we don’t often focus on what sponsorship does for us, both as sponsees and as sponsors.

I wasn’t really aware of how much of an impact my sponsor had on my recovery until I had to move away to another town for my job. I was sober for about 18 months and had done the Steps with him, including a Fifth Step. When I arrived in my new town, the first thing that I did was to seek out where the AA meetings were (his suggestion). I was pleased to find out that there was a meeting every night of the week. I soon became a welcomed regular.

-- Rick N.

Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

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