What is Sponsorship?

It is suggested that members of CoDA work the 12 Steps in order to start the process of recovery from Co-Dependent behaviors. A Sponsor is someone who has previously worked the 12 Steps and can guide us through the CoDA 12 Steps in the way that they were shown by their Sponsor/Step Group.

Their role is to pass on their experience, strength and hope in working the 12 Steps. They can also help by being an objective voice to help gain insight into co-dependent behavior and offer a source of identification, support and encouragement. The Sponsor/Sponsee relationship offers a space for open, honest communication that is free of judgement. The Sponsor/Sponsee relationship can be particularly rewarding for both parties and is helpful in setting the blueprint for managing all relationships.

These are ‘suggestions’ only, based on our own experience of working the CoDA steps and what worked for us. The sponsor and sponsee are encouraged to work out their own individual framework for the relationship. These are intended only as guidelines to facilitate the journey of recovery. The decision to put any of these into practice is between the individual and their own Higher Power.

Types of Sponsorship

  • Sponsor (this is an individual member who has worked the Steps that can assist another member to work through the Steps)
  • Co-Sponsorship (this is where 2 or 3 people agree to co-sponsor each other through the Steps)
  • Step Groups (this is where a Group meet regularly to work through the Steps together)
  • Temporary Sponsorship (a trial period of 3 months to decide if the working relationship suits both parties)
  • Therapist (who is familiar and supportive of the CoDA 12 Steps)