When it comes to facing the challenges of addiction, a sponsor can be a wonderful support in sustained sobriety. At Boca House for Men, we know that many men benefit from sponsorship in their sobriety. What is a sponsor? A sponsor is another sober individual who is interested in mentoring newly sober people in their recovery. Typically, sponsors attend Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings as a part of their long-term recovery. Sponsors meet with sponsees (individuals receiving sponsorship) and work to support their ongoing recovery. A sponsor/sponsee relationship can make all the difference in sustaining sober living in Florida for both the sponsor and sponsee. We have put together some tips for choosing the right sponsor for your recovery.
What to Seek in a Sponsor
Choosing a sponsor can be like choosing a therapist, it’s important to find the right fit for this support system. A sponsor makes sober living in FL much easier to sustain. When you’re choosing a sponsor, you should choose a sponsor who:
- Has several years of sustained sobriety
- Is encouraging and motivating
- Has worked all the Steps
- Is accountable
- Has shared experiences with your story
- Is a good listener
- Is empathic
A sponsor should be both supportive and challenging. They should support your recovery while challenging you to make greater strides when it comes to sober living in Florida. Continual contact, often daily, is also necessary for a successful sponsor/sponsee relationship in supported recovery.
Benefits of a Sponsor
After completing rehab for men, many men choose to continue their treatment by getting a sponsor once they finish inpatient or outpatient treatment. Studies show that sponsorship, especially early on, can improve the trajectory of recovery. Those who receive sponsors at three months are up to three times as likely to be sober from alcohol at six months of recovery over those who do not have sponsors . To learn more about recovery and sponsorship, contact our treatment professionals today.