What is Sponsorship?
When we are ready and have worked some of our steps, we may feel ready to help sponsor other members recovering alongside us through the Twelve Step recovery process. We share our experience, strength and hope with our sponsee, and work with them between meetings, providing a listening ear on the phone if they’re struggling or hearing them share writing they have done on the steps and traditions.
The recovery goal in CoDA sponsorship is to have a mutually beneficial relationship, with both partners gaining from the arrangement. Working the steps, changing our behaviour, and growing spiritually frees us from advising, controlling, and rescuing.
A sponsor-sponsee relationship is not the only way to work the steps. CoDA members have made use of a variety of different methods to work the steps and grow in recovery.
In recent months a number of member networks have been set up to share experience, strength and hope around working the steps in a workgroup, offering a channel to arrange CoDA outreach calls, and offer support to members new to sponsorship. Head over to member networks to find out more.
Common Ways to Work the Steps
Working Steps 1, 2, 3
CoDA has produced a new thirty question tool to aid newcomers to begin working steps 1, 2, and 3.
Thirty Questions – Getting Started working the steps as easy as 123
Sponsorship resources from coda.org
- Coda.org – Sponsorship in Coda
- Coda.org – Resources for Sponsors
- Coda.org – Working the Steps in a Group (inc sample script)
Coda Fellowship Forum Audio Recording
Shared with thanks to CoDA Canada – Steering Committee Get a Sponsor – Be a Sponsor – Co-Sponsorship CoDA Canada will host Sponsorship Bootcamp, this event will be limited to the first 100 people who log-in. No registration is needed. Numbers limited to 100 (by Zoom) No registration required, first come first served Doors open […]
CoDA UK will host the 2nd Zoom Sponsorship Workshop on Saturday, August 15th 2020. This event will be limited to the first 100 people who log-in. No registration is needed. Numbers limited to 100 (by Zoom) No registration required, first come first served Doors open 12:30pm (meeting) Workshop start 1pm Zoom connection details – will […]
We are looking for CoDA groups/individuals to provide ideas/feedback on what has worked for them which we can share (anonymously) at our Sponsorship Workshop in London or via our Zoom Workshop. We would also welcome suggestions on how we can move sponsorship forward in the UK. Is there something you would like us to try? […]
If you are a sponsor looking for sponsees, then we would appreciate it if you could contact firstname.lastname@example.org. There are always lots of sponsees looking for sponsors and we can put you in touch with each other.
**** NOTE: Sponsorship workshops have been postponed following consideration of current health guidance **** A copy of the latest sponsorship flyer with further details for our CoDA 2020 sponsorship workshops, including future dates, can be viewed or downloaded by clicking on this link: CoDA Sponsorship Workshop dates 2020 Flyer Are you looking for a sponsor?Are […]
Frank – Sponsorship Committee Host – Aug 2020 I remember when I started in CoDA, it took me a long time to find a home group where I felt at home. When I found that group, I hid out on the back row, not talking to anyone, escaping at the end of the serenity prayer. […]
Sponsorship in CoDA – Workshop held in Birmingham 21/4/07 The speaker began by stating how the role of sponsor in a one-to-one situation is a GIFT from recovery; ideally a mutual and balanced relationship and very much a two-way street. The sponsored member may have much to give. She clarified the role of the sponsor […]
Sharing the Experience, Strength and Hope I’ve Found in a CoDA Step Work Group My name is Kay and I’m a recovering co-dependent. I have been in the fellowship for just under three years. I joined the fellowship following a bad break-up which left me broken spiritually, untrusting of my own judgement and merits and […]
Sponsorship in CoDA – Workshop held in Birmingham 21/4/07 The speaker described how she had been in CoDA for around 3-4 years, following sponsoring in another 12 step fellowship. There was a lack of available sponsors, and the co-sponsoring relationship was set up in the light of this. She described the ‘mechanics’ of the relationship, […]