Bay Area SAA Recovery Resources

Sponsorship

Excerpt from The Tools Of Recovery

Sponsorship moves our recovery into action. A sponsor provides guidance and support through the process of stepwork and the experience of withdrawal. We encourage you to initiate the sponsorship relationship by asking someone with whom you feel you might work well. Don't be discouraged if you get a few "No's." in time you will receive the "Yes" that is meant for you. When choosing, look for someone who has qualities you admire, who has continuous sobriety from Inner-Circle behavior and has ideally completed their Fifth Step. Do not ask someone to whom you are sexually attracted, as this is a bad mix.

Sponsors are not professionals, but are merely sex addicts who have found a way to stay sober and want to help others. Establishing your "circles" (see the "Three Circles" pamphlet and the discussion in the next section of this booklet), discussing expectations and writing down clear agreements between you may be the first tasks of this relationship. As addicts, we have often led secret lives. A sponsor is someone we regularly check in with. Sponsors will make suggestions, but you are responsible for your program. Sponsors do have lives; don't be upset if they are not always available. This is the time to reach out to others in the fellowship.

Honesty, commitment, openness and a willingness to take suggestions are important attitudes for a sponsee. Finding a permanent sponsor may take time. Thus, it is suggested that when you enter the program you ask someone who has more sobriety time than you and has completed their First Step for temporary sponsorship.

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Bay Area SAA Announcements

Intergroup

For great Step 12 service, great recovery, send your Intergroup Rep to Lutheran Church of the Cross, 1744 University Avenue, Berkeley, Room 210: 11:15am every second Saturday.

Outer Circle Events!

! ! ! Encourage your meeting to sponsor an outer circle event ! ! ! Contact: tenderpublishing@icloud.com

Volunteers

Your energy, skills, and imagination help us all to recover! Convention planning committee contact Bob L at chicadad@gmail.com

New Meeting

LGBT and Women's meeting. 7:15 p.m. Mondays at the Lutheran Church of the Cross, 1744 University Ave. Berkeley. Room 210

Web Site

Intergroup needs techies help to upgrade the website. Please email Les J. at lesj@mac.com

Outer Circle Event

Baseball Game ~ Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants August 1, Tuesday Night, 7:15, in Oakland Third Base Line ~ Tickets $32 each family and friends invited requires a check and a stamped self-addressed envelope for address information email:acharmatz@gmail com

Intergroup Visioning and Budget Meetings coming up: Consider Joining us.

At the May meeting of Intergroup, we will be conducting our annual "visioning" exercise, imagining ways in which Intergroup could do more to help our local meetings, and carry the message. Please consider attending to share ideas you may have. In June the agenda will include our annual budgeting exercise, so if you have a proposal that would involve financial support form Intergroup, please consider attending that meeting. Intergroup meeting the second Saturday of the month at 11:15, so we will be meeting May 13 for Visioning, and the June 10 meeting will include the budget discussion. Lunch will be served at the May 13 meeting.

Intergroup meets at Lutheran Church of the Cross, 1744 University Ave. Berkeley. Room 210 at 11:15 to 12:45 every second Saturday of the month.

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