What are some of the things that you should look for in a sponsor? When seeking a sponsor for the first time there are a lot of things to consider. Sponsors are all very different, but they all have a common goal; to assist you in your recovery. Some sponsors are great communicators, some are not. This does not mean that they are both not equally as effective in encouragement and providing on-on-one support.
Another question that arises is whether you have to like your sponsor or not. There aren’t any rules that say that you must like your sponsor, but having some admiration and liking for the individual will create an easier way to accept what they have to say in relation to your recovery.
A good sponsor for you could be someone with whom you share things in common with; i.e. similar addiction, beliefs, fears and so on. You may feel that you do not need to explain things so far in depth with someone who shares your view. Albeit not absolutely necessary to have the same type of background to gain value from your relationship with your sponsor. You may possibly find that the better fit for you was someone that you do not have much in common with.
You should look for an individual that communicates well, acts in a respectful, helpful manner. Someone with a positive outlook and can assist you with the challenges of your short and long term goals you wish to achieve.