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Grapevine : March 2011
CUT LOOSE SPONSORSHIP Afew years ago my spon- sor stopped sponsoring guys for personal reasons. He gave me a month's no- tice that he was going to do this, and told me how sorry he was. We had be- come friends over the years and it was his intention that we remain friends even after I had found a new sponsor. As far as I could see at the time, not much needed to change in my life. We spoke all the time, and we planned to continue that. He knew me inside and out and that wasn't going to change. It was just that there were going to be certain things that, in a sponsorship capac- ity, he wasn't going to be able to do for me anymore. Not a big deal, I thought. I'll just grab a new sponsor. I know a ton of people with good sobriety. So I started to look around. Sure I knew a lot of people with many years of sobriety, but I was starting to realize I didn't know who their sponsors were. I started to ask some questions. I found a funny pattern. A lot of people I knew with over five years of sobriety had changed their sponsor status at some point for one reason or another. Some felt they'd "out- grown" their sponsor. Some had lost Confused and sponsorless, a member embarks on a year-long investigation Grapevine 19