What is a Sponsor?

In A.A., Sponsor and sponsored meet as equals. Essentially, the process of Sponsorship is this: An alcoholic who has made some progress in the recovery program shares that experience on a continuous, individual basis with another alcoholic who is attempting to attain or maintain sobriety through A.A.

When we first attend A.A. meetings, we may feel confused and sick and apprehensive. Although people at meetings respond to our questions willingly, that alone isn’t enough. Many other questions occur to us between meetings; we find that we need constant, close support as we begin learning how to ‘live sober’.

So we select an A.A. member with whom we can feel comfortable, someone with whom we can talk freely and confidentially, and we ask that person to be our Sponsor.

Whether you are a newcomer who is hesitant about ‘bothering’ anyone, or a member who has been around for some time trying to go it alone, Sponsorship is yours for the asking. We urge you Do not delay. Alcoholics recovered in A.A. want to share what they have learned with other alcoholics. We know from experience that our own sobriety is greatly strengthened when we give it away!”

For more information on Sponsorship, click to the left, on Pamphlet P-15 “Questions & Answers On Sponsorship”.

Reprinted with permission of AA World Services, Inc.