Alcoholics Anonymous, or AA, typically refers to a support person as a sponsor, explains Recovery.org. A sponsor is another AA member who is progressing in his recovery and is willing to share his story with another person in the program.
AA sponsors are usually available by phone outside of meetings, especially for relapse concerns and general questions, according to Recovery.org. AA does not require participants to have sponsors, but having a sponsor typically enhances the recovery process and is linked to longer-lasting sobriety. Sponsorship benefits both the sponsor and the person being sponsored by providing continuous support and a personal connection throughout the AA program.