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From Crisis to Connection: Thomas 2.0 - Sponsoring and supporting others in recovery - Episode 107

from crisis to connection podcast Aug 26, 2021

I continue my discussion with Thomas from episode 106 where we discuss what it means to sponsor someone in the 12-step program. These principles apply to supporting others as well. Thomas shares what it's been like to be sponsored and what he's doing to support the men he sponsors. This is a great episode if you're wondering how to best support anyone who asks for you help.

Specifically, we discuss: 
The importance of the 12-step program in his life
What it means to "recover by immersion" 
The importance of connection with one's higher power during sponsoring and for addicts to recover as well
Honoring the need for mentors when there have been deep attachment injuries
How 12 steps is not a place to coddle men in their addiction, it is to help men progress.

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Thomas's life has taken a 180 degree turn since going into recovery from a thirty-year addiction to pornography that started when he was eight years old. His story told in Dark to Light gives hope that it is possible to escape from the dark trap of pornography and live in the light—free from lies, shame, and lust. Thomas hopes that sharing his journey will help others to enter the path of light in order to heal their lives and relationships.

Why 2.0?  After beginning recovery Thomas started to feel like a different man. He began to loathe who he had been for thirty plus years.  He really wanted to change—and he was changing. His wife began to feel like she was married to a new man. She was done with Thomas 1.0 and the damage he had caused, and she noticed he was becoming less and less like that old guy. He was becoming Thomas 2.0—a new and better version.

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