Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is an organization that is known worldwide, as is the term AA sponsor. However, beyond the fact that its reason for existence is to help those struggling with alcohol addiction, the public at large misunderstands many aspects of AA. For instance, although due to its roots there is certainly a spiritual aspect, Alcoholics Anonymous does not "push’"religion on its members. Also, the essence of AA is that is is a "mutual aid fellowship" rather than attendees getting help from instructors.
Deeply rooted in this latter concept is the existence of ‘sponsors’ as an integral part of the AA process. Like the organization itself, the idea of sponsorship is one that many are familiar with but are unaware of the specifics. A sponsor goes far beyond the person a recovering alcoholic will call in times of trouble, or that will help organize an intervention in the event of a relapse. In this article, we’ll demystify both what exact a sponsor is as well as insight on what to look for in and how to be a good sponsor. A good starting point would be AA’s genesis, which was itself a result of the yet-unnamed concept of sponsorship!
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Battling against a self-loathing mindset is one of the biggest struggles a person can face. When you feel as though you’re not good enough to succeed, not good enough for others, or even not good enough to exist, you may start to engage in destructive behaviors. Self-loathing manifests in lots of different ways and it can be subtle to the extent that you’re not aware it’s happening. By learning more about it, you can overcome it.
In today's fast-paced world, many people are so caught up in the stresses and pressures of daily life that they forget to take time for themselves. This can make it difficult to know how to find yourself and figure out what truly matters to you. These are the keys to living a happy, fulfilled life, so it is important that you take time out of your busy day to check in with yourself once in a while. Here's what you need to know.
In the ongoing process that is recovery, there is always the concern of that most-feared occurrence – relapse. Despite complete determination and the best professional treatment, sometimes circumstances or stimuli known as 'addiction triggers' can result in a return to drug or alcohol use and dependency.
This is not a sign of weakness nor does it mean an individual will not eventually achieve abstinence. Recovery is a challenging process, and we are continuously learning as we go through it. There are many different triggers that can create powerful cravings that lead to relapse.
Addiction triggers come from an almost endless number of things, situations or emotions. Generally, they are divided into two types: internal and external.