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12 Differences Between Your Sponsor and Your Therapist

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  1. Your sponsor isn't all that interested in the "reasons" you drank.

  2. Your therapist thinks the root of your problems is lack of self -esteem, negative self -image and poor self -concept. Your sponsor thinks your problem is a 4-letter word with no hyphens.

  3. Your therapist wants to pamper your "inner child," your sponsor thinks it ought to be spanked.

  4. Your sponsor thinks your inventory should be about you, not your parents.

  5. Speaking of your parents, your sponsor tells you not to confront them but to apologize to them.

  6. The only time your sponsor uses the word "closure" is before the word "mouth."

  7. Your sponsor thinks boundaries are things you need to take down not build up.

  8. Your therapist wants you to love yourself first: Your sponsor wants you to love others first.

  9. Your therapist prescribes care taking & medication, your sponsor prescribes prayer-making & meditation.

  10. Your sponsor thinks anger management skills are numbered 1 through 12.

  11. Now that you haven't had a drink in 6 months your therapist wants you to make a list of goals/objectives for the next five years and finish up getting that college degree. Your sponsor thinks you should start today by cleaning coffeepots, dumping ashtrays & helping him carry that heavy box of literature to the jail.

  12. Your sponsor won't lose his license to practice if he talks about God.



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