Alcoholics Anonymous, or AA, is a program that supports those in recovery from an alcohol use disorder through a variety of techniques. Many AA participants are matched with a sponsor or another AA attendee who supports and helps them. Here are some of the benefits of having an AA sponsor.
1. A Place to Turn When You Are Struggling
Your sponsor’s main job is to be someone you can talk to about your alcohol use disorder, someone who knows what it is like to struggle, to crave a drink or even to relapse. Having a sponsor to talk to has stopped many people from going back to drinking when they feel like they just cannot maintain sobriety without help and support.
2. At Least One Sober Friend
Sobriety may be like starting over as far as friends are concerned, especially if your friends bond over drinking. Your AA sponsor might be your first sober friend and the only one you have for a while. Sober friends can help you stay in recovery and give you something to think about and talk about other than alcohol. An AA sponsor can help you be less lonely as you make the transition to a different way of life free from the influence of alcohol.
3. The Voice of Reason
People with substance use disorders are often good at making justifications for their behaviors and talking themselves into doing things that they know they should not do, like using alcohol. It is hard to see the errors in your thinking when you have convinced yourself that you can handle having just one drink or that sobriety is too hard to maintain, so having a sponsor who can correct these skewed perceptions is important.
4. Lessen the Likelihood of a Recurrence of Use
At least one study has shown that AA participants with sponsors had up to a 50 percent lower likelihood of relapsing, which is a strong argument for seeking out a sponsor. Anything you can do to increase your chances of remaining in addiction recovery is worthwhile, even if you are the kind of person who just wants to keep your problems to yourself.
5. It Is a Free Form of Aftercare
While some therapy groups and counseling sessions can be costly if your insurance does not cover these forms of treatment, participation in AA is free (donations usually accepted) and being a sponsor is a voluntary activity for the purpose of helping someone else along their journey to long-term sobriety. Even if you do not have much money because of the disruptions your substance use disorder has brought to your life, you can still get all the benefits of AA, including having a sponsor, without worrying about cost.
If you feel that you are misusing alcohol and want to get help, contact The Recovery Village Palmer Lake to discuss your treatment options.