A 12 Step program sponsor can be defined as an individual in an addiction recovery program who mentors someone else.
Being a sponsor to a person recovering from drug or alcohol addiction is a feature of the twelve step program. This form of supporting another person who’s had similar difficulties is an effective tool of reminding people in recovery where they’ve come from and also teaches people about empathy and getting ‘outside’ of themselves to help others.
It’s a conscious way of working against self centeredness.
Dr. Bob Smith, co-founder of the 12 step program, Alcoholics Anonymous said that he was so active in trying to help others find sobriety because:
“I spend a great deal of time passing on what I have learned to others who want and need it badly. I do it for four reasons:
- Sense of duty.
- It is a pleasure.
- Because in so doing I am paying my debt to the man who took time to pass it on to me.
- Because every time I do it I take out a little more insurance for myself against a possible slip.”