From the January 2018 magazine.

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A member reflects on the joys and challenges of sponsorship and how it’s kept him sober for 31 wonderful years

When I plucked up courage to phone a man and ask him to be my sponsor, there was a long pause. I thought, Oh dear, he’s going to say no. But he just said, “It would be a privilege, thanks for asking me. Just remember one thing: you will help me as much or more than I can help you.”

I’d heard him share at meetings and there was a calmness and quiet confidence about him that I ached for. I was only a few weeks sober and in emotional turmoil, racked by neurotic anxiety that kept me awake at night. I needed help.

-- Anonymous

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