Synopses & Reviews
Passing it on is a key concept in the Twelve Step community and many of the traditions and knowledge of the Twelve Step recovery program have been passed down by word-of-mouth from one generation of sponsors to the next. Twelve Step Sponsorship
effectively takes this knowledge and tradition and applies it to a working manual for sponsors, guiding them through their role in reaching out and helping new program members.
Designed as a "how-to" program for sponsors, Twelve Step Sponsorship offers:
- reading assignments
- common questions that sponsors face
- procedural suggestions for leading a newcomer through the Twelve Steps
- general guidelines for becoming an effective sponsor
Twelve Step Sponsorship offers sponsors the first complete handbook for working with a newcomer -- from the first meeting through the Twelfth Step and into the years that follow.
Sponsorship is a rich and enduring part of tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous. Twelve Step Sponsorship
delivers both the theory and practice--how to do it and why--in a clear, step-by-step presentation. Written by the author of Getting Started in AA,
a widely acclaimed guide for the newcomer to the program of AA, Twelve Step Sponsorship
is the first truly comprehensive look at sponsorship, a role recovering people benefit from both as sponsees and ultimately as sponsors. Twelve Step Sponsorship
includes informative sections that deal with:
Twelve Step Sponsorship
- Finding a sponsor
- Being a sponsor.
offers a welcome reinforcement to the tradition of "passing it on" from one generation of sponsors to the next.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 237-244) and index.
About the Author
Hamilton B. is a recovering alcoholic who has been sober in AA for more than twenty years. As an AA member, Hamilton maintains his anonymity "at the level of press, radio, and film." He holds a B.A. degree in psychology from an Ivy League college, and a Ph.D. in organizational behavior from an eastern University. Hamilton is a recognized expert in the areas of alcoholism recovery and spirituality in organizational settings. He has been quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Newsweek, and numerous other newspapers and periodicals; he has appeared on CNN, CNBC, Oprah Winfrey, A Current Affair, and numerous other television and radio programs; and he has testified before committees of both the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate as an expert witness on alcoholism.Hamilton has served on a variety of corporate and foundation boards, has taught as an adjunct professor at an eastern medical school, and has worked with the National Institute of Alcoholic Abuse and Alcoholism. In addition to the two books he has written for Hazelden, he is the author of a book that deals with organizational issues and a forthcoming book on leadership. His areas of expertise are alcoholism and spirituality in organizational settings.