Step Twelve: Carrying the Message

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

The “work” of Step Twelve can be broken down into two parts: helping others to recover from addiction, and practicing the twelve-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. 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 twelve steps. (If you are a new sponsor and find yourself unsure of what to do, just consult with your own sponsor to see how he or she would handle things.)

Just for Today
Ask your sponsor if you are ready to be a sponsor yourself. Discuss the “why” of his/her response.