Big Book Sponsorship for permanent recovery of all addictions

Big Book Sponsorship

Big Book Sponsorship

It's all about the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, our basic recovery text, our common solution, and the importance of "paying it forward" to the newcomer who still suffers.

It’s not about being sponsored—its about sponsoring others that is a predictor for recovery

A Baltimore, Maryland study of 500 former and current heroin and cocaine injection drug users over the course of one year indicated having an AA/NA… Read more »

It’s not about being sponsored—its about sponsoring others that is a predictor for recovery

Confessions of a Big Book Sponsor

I remember asking someone in the fellowship a few years ago, “Are you working your program?” He replied, “Yes I went to a meeting today.”… Read more »

Take all 12 steps in just 4 hours — Download this AA Big Book step guide and work book

It takes only 4 hours to learn the 12 steps and a lifetime to practice them. Through our own experience of working with others, many… Read more »

The Missing Piece: The Spiritual Malady

Mike L., West Orange, NJ “Carry THIS Message” Group, West Orange, NJ From “The Doctor’s Opinion” to the end of “More About Alcoholism” the Big… Read more »

AA Sponsorship Styles

In the 1940’s, the A.A. Beginners’ Meetings ‘s provided a safe and structured environment where newcomers TOOK all Twelve Steps and recovered from alcoholism, as… Read more »

AA Sponsorship Styles

Clarifying Questions for Relapsers

Can’t stay sober? Wondering why meetings aren’t working? Try working the program! Here are some clarifying questions to get you started on your way back… Read more »

Clarifying Questions for Relapsers

The Big Book’s Answer to Relapse Prevention

Our Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous promises us that “When the spiritual malady is overcome, we straighten out mentally and physically.” Imagine three layers. The… Read more »

The Big Book’s Answer to Relapse Prevention

How FAST should the newcomer be taken through the Twelve Steps?

One of the key concepts of A.A. in the 1940’s: Get the newcomer to Step Twelve as quickly as possible, so he or she can… Read more »

When should I start working with other addicts or alcoholics?

There are many opinions on when an addict or alcoholic should commence work with other addicts. Some say you can give away what you don’t… Read more »

Back to Basics Recovery Model

Created by Wally P. 1999 The Back to Basics recovery model is described in detail in Back to Basics–The Alcoholics Anonymous Beginners’ Meetings (using the… Read more »

How we let the Therapeutic/Treatment Industry WATER-DOWN the 12 Step Recovery Program

Editor’s Note: For the past several years, Wally P. has been conducting seminars on the success of the Beginners’ Meetings during the early days of… Read more »

How we let the Therapeutic/Treatment Industry WATER-DOWN the 12 Step Recovery Program

Twelfth-Step References, Techniques, Tips, & Sponsorship Tools in the Big Book

Compiled by Mike L. & Barefoot Bill L. (All page number references refer to Alcoholics Anonymous, 3rd Edition) There are 124 references to working with… Read more »

Gresham’s Law and Alcoholics Anonymous by Tom P., Jr.

Editor’s Note: Gresham’s law is commonly stated as: “Bad money drives good money out of circulation”. A more correct rendering of Gresham’s Law is that… Read more »

Parable of the Sower: The Challenges of Sponsorship

Carrying our message to the addict who still suffers And he (Jesus) told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow…. Read more »

Step Five and the properly appointed authority

Step Five suggest that we, “…go to the properly appointed authority whose duty it is to receive it…We often find such a person quick to… Read more »

Step Five and the properly appointed authority

Studying the Steps is not the same as taking the Steps!

Beginners’ Meetings were held throughout the U.S. and Canada during a period of time when A.A. witnessed 50-75 percent recovery rates from alcoholism. Newcomers quickly… Read more »

Twelve Step Sponsorship…Its Opportunities and Its Responsibilities.

If you are looking to become a sponsor please review the following information so you can get a clear understanding of role in the sponsor/sponsee… Read more »

Twelve Step Sponsorship…Its Opportunities and Its Responsibilities.

Co-dependence and 12 Step Recovery

The Twelve Steps of A.A. are a way of life for anyone seeking a spiritual program. By substituting the word “alcohol” for any particular problem… Read more »

Big Book Sponsorship versus Therapy

Your sponsor isn’t all that interested in the ‘reasons’ you drank, used, gambled, ate, etc. Your therapist thinks your root problem is your lack of… Read more »

Big Book Sponsorship versus Therapy

Working with Others – Sponsorship or Co-dependency?

How often have we heard alcoholics and addicts share at meetings: “My Sponsor told me to call him everyday for a year!” My Sponsor told… Read more »

Working with Others – Sponsorship or Co-dependency?

Working with Other Addicts

Step Twelve states: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics (addicts), and to… Read more »