Recovery Coaching vs. Sponsorship

The frequently asked question - "What is the difference between a Recovery Coach and a Sponsor?"


Recovery Coaching Is.....

A professional relationship.

"An ongoing professional relationship that helps clients who are in or who are considering recovery from addiction produce extraordinary results in their lives, careers, business, or organizations – while advancing their recovery from addiction."

"Recovery Coaches affirm that there is innate health and wellness in each of our clients. We hold our clients creative and resourceful. We do not promote or endorse any single or particular way of achieving or maintaining sobriety, abstinence, or serenity or of reducing suffering from addiction. Our focus is on coaching our clients to create and sustain great and meaningful lives."

"Through the process of Recovery Coaching, clients deepen their learning, improve their performance, increase their return on investment in treatment, and enhance their quality of life. In each meeting, the client chooses the focus of conversation, while the coach listens and contributes observations and questions for action. This interaction creates clarity and moves the client toward action. The coach provides accountability for agreed upon action. Recovery Coaching accelerates the client's progress in recovery by providing greater focus and awareness of choices, actions, and responsibility. Coaching concentrates on where clients are now and what they are willing to do to enjoy a better tomorrow."

"The Recovery Coaching process recognizes that results are a matter of the client's intentions, choices, and actions taken toward building a strong foundation and creating a life worth staying healthy for, supported by the coach's efforts and application of the coaching process." Recovery Coaches International Definition


Sponsorship is.....

A service relationship.

A relationship created from a 12 step program such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Sex Addicts Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Food Anonymous, Eating Disorder Anonymous and Gambling Anonymous.

Sponsors are not paid professionals; they benefit personally and spiritually from the service they give by staying sober and abstinent themselves.

A sponsor's job is to help their sponsee stay sober and abstinent by guiding them through the 12 steps, using the steps in their lives and connecting with the fellowship effectively to stop the addictive behavior. Sponsors have a singleness of purpose – they stay within the steps and traditions of the 12 step program.