What is a sponsor’s role in your path to recovery?
Whether in treatment or in the rooms, you are always encouraged to get a sponsor. Most of the time you wonder why it’s such a big part of the recovery process. A recovery sponsor can play a crucial role in assisting you in your recovery. You realized that you could not do it alone, so you went to treatment and you attend meetings; a sponsor is a boost to the work that you’ve already put in. Without a sponsor, you’ll have many unanswered questions that can lead to a relapse without having a proper support system in place.
To have someone in your corner that has already experienced what you are going through can make a bond of trust. Your sponsor has already gone through what you are going through and they understand your situation. They also can help you by being that support system and the voice of reason in the times that you feel emotionally weak or have a craving to use. When you feel like using, calling your sponsor can be the best way to be talked out of an otherwise very bad situation or decision.
Do I Need a Sponsor in Addiction Recovery?
Although your sponsor will not have all of the answers, that does not mean that they are not valuable to your recovery. A sponsor can offer you more than one idea or view about the program and can help you to keep an open mind. The twelve steps of recovery hold a lot of knowledge that you may not understand at once without the guidance of a sponsor if you read the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous on your own.
An open mind is a wonderful tool. It exists as a sponge to gather more information and to take in more of an experience without thinking that you already know everything. Bill Nye states, “Everyone you ever meet, knows something that you don’t.” So don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and allow yourself to learn new things. If you’re still actively using, we’re here to help you get clean and sober. Our substance abuse treatment programs are tailored to fit the unique needs of each individual. Contact us for an assessment and we will be glad to assist you or a loved one on the road to long-term recovery.