Mentoring in A.A.

Key questions and answers provided in the AA Mentoring brochure

1. How is mentoring different from a Twelfth Step challenge?

2. How does mentoring help a newcomer?

3. How to choose a mentor?

4. Do the mentor and newcomer need to have as many common interests as possible?

5. What can a beginner expect from a mentor?

6. Should the beginner agree with everything the mentor says?

7. What if there is no mentor at the right time?

8. Can a beginner have multiple mentors?

9. Can a beginner change a mentor?

10. Does a newcomer need a mentor who has received a thorough course of treatment and is familiar with the alcohol treatment program outside AA? Do you need a special approach?

11. Is it too late to think about a mentor?

1 2. How does mentoring help a mentor?

13. Can any AA member be a mentor?

14. When is an AA member ready to take on the responsibility of mentoring?

15. What does a mentor do?

1 6. Is there a best method for mentoring a newcomer?

17. How can a mentor explain an AA program?

18. Can a mentor recommend hospitalization?

19. What can a mentor do for an alcoholic family?

20. Should a mentor lend money to a newcomer?

21. Should a mentor petition an employer for his or her ward?

22. Can a mentor be too strong?

23. Could the mentor's guardianship be excessive?

24. Can a mentor's custody be reduced to the minimum necessary?

25. How should a mentor deal with an overly helpless novice?

26. How should a mentor deal with a novice who refuses to help?

27. What should the mentor do when the beginner rejects the “spiritual side” of the program?

28. What should a mentor do in the event of a “breakdown”?

29. Can one mentor take care of several newcomers at once?

30. When and how does a mentor end a newcomer's custody?

31. How does mentoring help the group?

32. What procedures for mentoring new members can the group establish?

33. How can AA group members “at large” help AA groups and members in closed institutions?

Brief conclusions

Most of the current members of Alcoholics Anonymous owe their sobriety to the fact that there was someone who took a special interest in caring for them and was willing to share a great gift with them.

Mentoring is simply another name for this long-lasting special interest that an experienced AA member has and that means so much to a new AA student.

Individual members and groups cannot afford to lose sight of the importance of someone taking a special interest in a confused alcoholic who wants to stop drinking. Experience clearly shows that it is for the members who benefit the most from the A.A. Program and those groups who are best at communicating A.A. messages to those still suffering from alcoholism - they are the ones who need mentoring too important to use. gravity.

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