What is a sponsor?

Sponsors are OA members who are living the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions to the best of their ability. They are willing to share their recovery with other members of the Fellowship and are committed to abstinence.

How does sponsorship work?

We ask a sponsor to help us through our program of recovery on all three levels: physical, emotional and spiritual. By working with other members of OA and sharing their experience, strength and hope, sponsors continually renew and reaffirm their own recovery. Sponsors share their program up to the level of their own experience.

Who do I ask?

Ours is a program of attraction; find a sponsor who has what you want and ask that person how he or she is achieving it. A member may work with more than one sponsor and may change sponsors. However, many of us choose to work with just one sponsor. In either case, it’s helpful to avoid changing sponsors frequently.

Find out more ……

There is more information about sponsorship on the WSO website pages Get a Sponsor and Be a Sponsor, including Lifeline Magazine articles and Podcasts.

The following literature may also be helpful:

Sponsorship Kit
A Guide for Sponsors
Sponsoring Through The 12 Steps

Region 9 sponsor list

Region 9 maintains a list of members who are willing to sponsor. This is a very popular service and the list includes people from all over the Region who sponsor in various different ways (including virtually) and speak dozens of languages. It is very useful for those members who live in areas where meetings are limited, and also for those who just haven’t been able to find a sponsor at face to face meetings.

The list is only effective when members volunteer for this service. If you have abstinence and time to share your recovery as a sponsor please consider passing your details on to the list coordinator by following the link from the R9 Twelfth Step Within sponsorship page.

Alternatively, if you have been unable to find a sponsor and would like to be sent the list of available sponsors, please email sponsors@oaregion9.org