If you have decided to stop using alcohol or drugs, finding a sponsor in a drug or alcohol recovery program can help you stay
drug-free or sober. Your sponsor will respect your views and shouldn't force his
or her views on you. Your sponsor doesn't have all the answers and doesn't
pretend to be right all the time.
Your sponsor is someone who has been in recovery for a long time. You
will be able to see how the recovery program has helped him or her and how it
can help you.
Helps you stay drug-free and sober. He or she
understands your situation and cares about you.
Helps you when you
are thinking about using drugs or drinking again or have had a
Shows you what the program has to help you. This can be
meetings, brochures, books, and other things. He or she also can help you find
more information about drug or alcohol problems and
Encourages you to attend meetings and helps you get to
them. He or she will urge you to join in group events and work with other
people to help your recovery. Your sponsor will introduce you to other members
and help you find common bonds or interests with them.
you get more than one idea or view of the program. This can help you keep an
open mind about it and see if the program suits you and is working for you. He
or she will introduce you to the program's traditions and steps and stress how
important they are.
You can find a sponsor by going to a program meeting and asking
someone to be your sponsor. Ask someone you feel at ease with and can talk
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Thomas M. Bailey, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerPeter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction Timothy R. Stockwell, PhD