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Topic: Sponsorship
After 20 years, she is finally experiencing the joys of being a sponsor
This year, having just completed 24 years of sobriety, I’ve been blessed to have three women enter my life as sponsees. This is something of a first for me. Because while one can say I’ve amassed...
After 10 years in and out of Alcoholics Anonymous, it was a sponsor who helped this AA member learn to help others in recovery.
Sponsorship was missing in my attempts at permanent recovery for more than 10 years in and out of A.A. When I came back almost nine years ago, I did not know what to do to stop drinking. I didn’t...
A member learns to not take a wonderful sponsor for granted
I stood outside the meeting hall praying for the courage to open the door and walk back into the room. I was full of both fear and embarrassment, the seeds of AA had been planted a few months back...
Not drinking wasn’t enough. Getting a sponsor made his program really take off
I took what I hope is to be my last drink on the fifth anniversary of my young wife’s death, in the early morning hours of December 10, 1988. That last drink, from a pitcher of beer that didn’t even...
An AA shares how he learned about district service from good service sponsors.
“I’m soooo confused,” I exclaimed to my fellow home group member, Alan W., as we drove back from our area assembly in Mantua, Ohio. Mantua may have been chosen for our area’s gathering because it was...
A promising young woman drinks herself past the point of no return
Sixty days into my sobriety, around 10 p.m., during a cold 20-below-zero dark night in 2009, my old self-will deceived me into leaving a treatment facility in Wasilla, Alaska. Located on a ranch, the...
A First Step emerges from an indexed history
Step One was hard. I came with a watch, car, professional career and no DUI, jail, detox, skidrow, treatment center or DTs. I didn’t drink every day. I thought that I’d never had blackouts. I said AA...
A crush on her sponsor cracks the protective shell around her sexuality
Growing up, I felt terminally unique. I made great attempts to be better than most at everything I did—school, work, relationships, etc. There always seemed to be a gap in my ability to conform to...
Thirty extraordinary years of passing it on
I sobered up in rural Mississippi in 1979. I did not know there were a lot of women in Alcoholics Anonymous for several months. I went to meetings near the small town I was living in, and there were...
Confused and sponsorless, a member embarks on a year-long investigation
A few years ago my sponsor stopped sponsoring guys for personal reasons. He gave me a month’s notice that he was going to do this, and told me how sorry he was. We had become friends over the years...

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