A CoDA sponsor is someone who guides a sponsee in working the 12-step recovery program. This may include, but is not limited to, working the twelve steps, traditions, promises as well as the principles of recovery. Sponsors assist sponsees in working their program by providing one-on-one attention and support while sharing their experience, strength and hope in relation to the step, tradition, promise or principle being addressed at the time. Sponsors are not there to fix, but to serve as an escort through the recovery process by sharing their experiences and answering sponsee questions. Higher Power speaks to the sponsee through these experiences and helps them to work towards their own recovery in a way which works for them. As program says, sponsees can “take what you want and leave the rest.”
Sponsors have sponsors and a sponsee may have more than one sponsor.
Co-sponsoring, two members sponsoring each other, is another way to guide one another through the process of working the CoDA twelve step program.
I have found sponsoring to be a very rewarding experience. I currently have two sponsees and sometimes I can honestly say that I don’t know who is sponsoring who. I learn so much from both of them. Our regular contact helps me work and refine my own program and greatly enhances my recovery. If you have some years in recovery and have worked the steps, consider sponsoring. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity!
– Juliet W.
For more information check out CoDA literature.