What is Big Book Sponsorship?

“Practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking (using) as intensive work with other alcoholics (addicts). It works when other activities fail.” (p. 89 A.A. Big Book)

“But the ex-problem alcoholic (cocaine addict) who has found this solution, who is properly armed with facts about themself, can generally win the entire confidence of another alcoholic (cocaine addict) in a few hours. Until such an understanding is reached, little or nothing can be accomplished.”

“That the person who is making the approach has had the same difficulty, that they obviously know what they are talking about, that their whole deportment shouts at the new prospect that they are a person with a real answer, that they have no attitude of Holier Than Thou, nothing whatever except the sincere desire to be helpful; that there are no fees to pay, no axes to grind, no people to please, no lectures to be endured these are the conditions we have found most effective. After such an approach many take up their beds and walk again.” (p. 18 & 19, A.A. Big Book)

Toronto, ON – Learn “How It Works” – Last Sunday of Every Month – Take all 12 steps in this 4 hour workshop!


How It Works Group – Toronto
Carrot Common Bldg. 2nd Floor

348 Danforth Avenue (1 block west of Chester Subway Station)
Last Sunday of the Month — 2pm to 6 pm
Toronto, ON
*Note: No Workshop in December.

Through our own experience of working with others, many hopeless, suffering addicts lack the necessary power to “keep coming back” to meetings and fail to get sober or clean. Chronic relapsers do not have the luxury of working the steps slowly — they NEED POWER NOW, they cannot wait months to a year to work the steps — they’re barely hanging on as it is and it’s just a question of WHEN they are going to pick up again.

This a Big Book Sponsorship Workshop. We shall be interested to hear from those who are getting results from this book, particularly those who have commenced work with other addicts. We have no attitude of Holier Than Thou, nothing whatever except the sincere desire to be helpful; that there are no fees to pay, no axes to grind, no people to please, no lectures to be endured—these are the conditions we have found most effective. We have ceased fighting anything or anyone, even cocaine and all mind-altering substances. Love and tolerance of others is our code. We don’t talk down to an addict from any moral or spiritual hilltop; we simply lay out the kit of spiritual tools for your inspection and show others how they worked for us. We offer friendship and fellowship. If you want to get well we will do anything to help. To show other addicts precisely how we have recovered is the main purpose of this meeting…

It takes only four hours to learn how to work a 12 Step Program and a lifetime to practice it.

This workshop is for newcomers/beginners who want the original, undiluted 12 step program of the 1940’s when recovery rates were 50-75 per cent. This workshop is also for recovered members who want to work with others. Seating is limited.

To confirm your attendance call Cameron F. at 416-533-6024.