Twelve Step Sponsorship: How It Works

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Hazelden Publishing, Sep 29, 2009 - Self-Help - 288 pages
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:Finding a sponsorBeing a sponsor.Twelve Step Sponsorship offers a welcome reinforcement to the tradition of "passing it on" from one generation of sponsors to the next.

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Twelve Step Sponsorship: How It Works by Hamilton B. is a wonderful text for those who help people work any twelve step program. As the title implies, the book offers a very good description of how sponsorship works in the context of nearly all twelve step groups. Its not the only text, nor is it the only way to understand 'how it works,' but it is a way that I've found very helpful, mostly for its Socratic style in teaching how to lead another through all twelve steps. It also could help sponsees determine if they are getting what they need from their own sponsors. I highly recommend it to both 'sponsors', 'sponsees', and those who are considering either becoming sponsors or sponsees.  

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About the author (2009)

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 BA degree in psychology from an Ivy League college, and a PhD 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.

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