Episode 27 – Sponsorship with George Borneman

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Episode 27 – Sponsorship with George Borneman

The topic at a glance

  • Sponsorship is part of 12 Step program and involves ‘carrying the message’.

  • The job of the sponsor is to provide honest feedback and explain the 12 Step program.

  • It is recommended that members choose a sponsor who has a good understanding of the steps and actively practices these steps.

Hope Mindful Compassion Show – Episode 27 – Sponsorship with George Borneman

A conversation between George Borneman and Paul Garrigan

In this week’s episode, George explains how sponsorship works in the 12 Step program. This type of support can be of great value to people in recovery, and here George offers tips on finding a sponsor, getting the most from a sponsor, and how to avoid the potential dangers of sponsorship.

Here is a link to the ‘Questions and Answers on Sponsorship’ pamphlet that George recommends

Some of the topics covered in this episode include:

  • What is a sponsor?

  • What is the role of the sponsor?

  • Where does the idea of sponsorship come from?

  • How quickly should a new person in the 12 Step program get a sponsor?

  • Is there a risk of choosing the wrong sponsor?

  • How do you pick a ‘good’ sponsor?

  • Should newbies wait until they find the right sponsor?

  • Are the best sponsors likely to already have too many sponsees?

  • How do shy people get a sponsor?

  • Can sponsors be friends?

  • What should sponsees expect from a sponsor?

  • Can sponsorship go wrong? What are the dangers of sponsorship?

  • How trusting should a sponsee be of their sponsor?

  • Can you outgrow your sponsor?

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