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Temporary Sponsorship in AA

Unread postPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2005 1:40 pm
by phillyguy
Can anyone tell me how the temporary sponsorship program works in AA. I need a temporary sponsor and I don't know who to ask???

Unread postPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2005 4:05 pm
by Serenity
Hi phillyguy,

Basically temporary sponsorship is just what it says. It's temporary (no hard feelings on either side if it doesn't work out - the sponsor has been there before and should understand) and the person you ask should have some experience in sobriety and be able to guide you through the first couple of months of sobriety.

You need to reach out to someone at an AA meeting that you have heard talk (share) and that you think can help you. Usually the person should have at least one year sober and be of the opposite sex than you. They usually ask if anyone is interested in being a temporary sponsor at the beginning of each meeting. So pay attention and look around.

I hope this helps!

Serenity [:)]

Unread postPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2005 6:36 pm
by phillyguy
thanks Serenity, I'll try it at the next meeting and let you know how it goes.

Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2005 6:38 pm
by phillyguy
ok I went to a meeting last night determined to ask someone to be my temporary sponsor, the guy I asked seem nice enough and actually spoke with me for several minutes after the meeting. He told me more about sponsorship and how it works. Unfortunately he said he has several sponsee's and doesn't have enough time to have more. He did give me some names and numbers of other members he thought would be able to help me. So I will try agian and let you know.

Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2005 8:35 pm
by Serenity
phillyguy, how's it going?? The key to recovery is to keep trying no matter what. I would recommend trying different meetings. If you're going to the same place and not meeting anyone who you would like to be friends with then it's time to try another place.

keep trying [:)]

Unread postPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2005 8:07 am
by phillyguy
Thanks Serenity, I agree that I need to go to different meetings. It's just difficult when you get into a routine of going to the same meeting every day. But I will try!

Unread postPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2005 11:14 pm
by moxieblonde
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How is the sponsorship thing going? I have a male friend that has 15 years sober and is always reaching out to others and is really good at helping. He got my butt in the right place after a few years of watching me tumble.
Let me know!

Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2005 8:10 pm
by phillyguy
I still don't have an "official" sponsor. The good news is I do have several people that gave me their phone numbers and told me to call them whenever I need to.

I guess eventually I will build up a relationship with somebody.