Tag Archives: 13th step

Why Wait A Year?

by Bill

As newcomers to recovery we want to feel safe, and perhaps a bit cared for.  Some of us may have been longing for those feelings for most of our lives.  There is a tendency for some of us to forget what the rooms of recovery are actually about — a group of flawed people who are gathered together for mutual support.  It’s important to remember that none of us are there because we are healthy, well-balanced people.  Even old-timers have their issues (at least this one does), some of which may have been addressed and some that may yet need to be.

Inevitably, we discover that rooms full of fallible, flawed human beings may contain a few who do not have our best interest at heart, just like out in the “real” world.  Yes, it’s true.  Whether or not we like to talk about it, there are predators in the rooms of recovery. Continue reading

Sponsor Stuff (Part 1) — Sunrise Detox Blog

Therapists use a variety of tools to help newcomers and those formerly sober folks who felt the need to do some additional field work. One therapist I know likes to use the concept of the AA “Askit Basket”, adapted to a mixed group of alcoholics and other addicts, where participants put anonymous question slips into a basket or jar, and then the group uses them at random to stimulate discussions. With the permission of the group, she passes the anonymous questions on to me, and I try to craft explanations for a wider audience.

Lately there have been a lot of questions about sponsors and sponsorship, so I thought I’d devote a couple of posts to questions about that important subject.  Read more at the blog…