Step 12: Carrying the Message

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Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.

The work of Step 12 can be broken down into two parts: helping others to recover from addiction, and practicing the 12-step principles in all our affairs. The first part, helping others, can be done in numerous ways. One common route is sponsorship of newcomers to recovery. If you’re wondering, a sponsor’s job is to understand the newcomer’s addiction issues as thoroughly as possible and to guide that individual through the process of working the 12 steps. (If you are a new sponsor and suddenly find that you are unsure about how to proceed, simply consult with your own sponsor to see how he or she would handle things.)

Task for Today
Ask your sponsor if you are ready to be a sponsor yourself. Discuss the ‘why’ of his or her response.