Twelve Step Recovery
Over the years, Oak and Lotus, as part of its 'service'
mission, has cooperated with the authors and artists
involved with Sponsor Magazine to help get copies of their
materials out through print-on-demand services (which is
explained later in this page).
Not everyone needs Twelve Step Recovery. Over the years,
many people have found a simple vow, a re=commitment to
their faith, a good psychiatrist, or other reason has been
enough to allow them to stop drinking or using to the
point where it has damaged their lives and the lives of
the people around them.
Twelve Step Programs (there are now over 60 of them,
including Alcoholics Anonymous, the originator of the
12-Step process) are for the people who have tried other
methods and failed to get and stay clean-and-sober. We use
that phrase because 'clean' refers to getting the
substance(s) out of our bodies and keeping them out, and
'sober' refers to a way of thinking and living that takes
a long time to learn and live. We used to call it "the
last house on the block".
Three issues of SPONSOR MAGAZINE were published,
and plans are underway to resume publication. All three
issues of the magazine can be downloaded in one pdf file
Sponsor Magazines biggest to date is the RECOVER READER 2nd Edition, released in early 2016. This anthology of writings on recovery includes more than thirty authors writing across the breadth of AA's 80 year history. The anthology is broken into sections: Newcomers, Spirituality, The Steps, Resources for people working - or re-working - the Twelve Steps.
All of the releases from Sponsor Magazine are through the
"Share Alike, Full Attribution, No Commercial Use"
license. This means you are free to download the PDF, art,
or MP3 files, and then to share them with others in
whatever format you find most appropriate, provided you do
not charge for the copies, make not changes or attempt to
hide the sources for the original material, and are not
involving a profit-making aspect. Free do download, free
Print and PDF versions of the book are available as: Full Paperback format (8.5"x11"), Trade Paperback format (6"x9"), Digest Paperback (5.5"x8.5"), Traditional Paperback format (approximately 4.25"x7"), and Trade Format hard back (6"x9") with glossy, laminated cover.
However, if you prefer to hold a physical book, rather than the expense, wear and tear on your printer, and the time to make such a hard copy, we have arranged for print-on-demand services to provide the same book in actual, printed formats.
Prices for the printed book range from $6.50 to $20.00
(on the hardback edition). Out of that charge the print on
demands share the amount over their production cost with
us - from 35¢ for the economy full paperback edition, to
$2 for the hardback edition. That money goes to pay for
several years domain registration and hosting services.
(FULL DISCLOSURE: less than $90 has been received in the
past eight years. We say we're not doing it for money and
people make us prove that.)
This book is available as a free download in PDF format,
and in several different sizes. It does not work well on
smart phones and, for that reason, an ePub edition is
offered, but we have not yet been able to get the best use
of that format.