A suggested guide to AA sponsorship from a member experienced in the process. Material here is heavily referenced to quoted excerpts of the AA Big Book.
The goal of this site is the clear presentation of the affirming and essential life saving message of the AA program in a form which might assist sponsors facing contemporary challenges -- especially in cases of new members without traditional religious backgrounds. There is no interest whatsoever expressed in changing traditional AA literature or principles. Instead, a practical approach is described which may make AA’s program of recovery accessible to new members not familiar with the details of the religious concepts in the AA Big Book while still emphasizing the necessary transformation made available by step work.
If, as one who has undertaken the important role of being an AA sponsor, you have found your efforts difficult for these reasons, you may find a kindred traveler and useful ideas on this site.
When new members approach us seeking AA’s life saving message, we dare not insist that religious conversion become the price implied for our help. Much is said to deny that this is the case, that our program is spiritual not religious, but we know that every day large numbers of potential, sober AA members are turned away by what are unmistakably religious concepts unthinkingly presented as necessities for recovery.
The ideas presented on this site are strongly founded on the idea that there is nothing essential to AA style recovery which could support this insistence on external religious ideas. In fact, when matters other than sobriety intrude in ways which block the opportunities of alcoholics who have sought us out, the Tradition of our Primary Purpose is in question.
Hopefully, what you will find here will not seem at all contradictory to AA Traditions, but rather a reassertion of them -- a restoration of the principles which made AA so incredibly effective throughout its long and noble history.
The AA Redux team is comprised of three generations of sponsor - sponsee relations. All of us warmly invite you to "join our meeting here on line!" Everyone is welcome!
PS: A note from the site -- during the preparation of this content, an initial effort was made to reduce all gender references to a contemporary correctness. However, finally, those accommodations simply became too awkward and burdensome. Our apologies for the solid "male" track everything has taken, but, hopefully, our AA sisters in sobriety will tolerate -- and adjust! Everyone is welcome!