Secular Overeaters (SO) has developed a temporary sponsor path for members who would like practice in sponsoring before making a long-term commitment. Temporary Secular Step Sponsoring takes 10 weeks and follows a specific plan that introduces new members to secular OA and the Steps. We suggest that potential sponsors have: completed Steps 1-3, abstinence, and their own sponsor who can help mentor them.
Not only will you be providing a crucial service for a newcomer, you will also learn new skills that will help prepare you to become a full-time sponsor when you’re ready. It may be that after the 10 weeks is finished, you’ll want to continue working with your sponsee on more Steps, or you may want to become a temporary sponsor again for someone else.
10 Week Program Outline
For the Sponsor (6 pages, includes Sponsor information, Sponsee information, and 3 page syllabus )
For the Sponsee (4 pages, including the 3 page syllabus)
Temporary Step Sponsoring: A 10 Week Program | 051423 | 43 min
You can make announcements at secular meetings and post an ad in the Zoom Chat.
Be sure to include your: Name, Contact info (phone and/or email), Time zone, Best time to reach you and What you’re offering.
Example of Sponsor Ad
I’m Maria (USA East Coast), and I’m available to be a temporary Step sponsor for a newcomer. Contact me by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by text (123-456-7890).
Download or Print These Out
Note: You can get hard copies of both of the above at: https://bit.ly/SOnewcomer
Purchase (If You Don’t Own Already)
Notes: Consult with each other about your secular book of choice. Prices may change!
Discussion of Alternative Versions of Step 1 | 33 min recording
Discussion of Alternative Versions of Step 2 | 39 min recording
Discussion of Alternative Versions of Step 3 | 34 min recording
Alternative 12 Step Discussion Guide for Secular Overeaters | 8 versions of each Step with insights by secular 12 Step authors, pdf, 27 pages
Accountability Buddy Workshop | 28 min recording
Accountability Buddies in Secular Overeaters | tips handout, pdf, 1 page
OA does not allow “outside” resources to be used at their meetings, but non-OA secular 12-Step literature is essential for many seculars’ recovery. In fact some secular OA meetings have chosen to be “unregistered” in order to use outside literature and alternative Steps during meetings. While OA can mandate rules for registered meetings, they cannot control what happens between a sponsor and sponsee.