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There's NO other book that's SO strong and right-to-the-point in supporting folks in addiction recovery. The Pocket Sponsor grounds them when they need it and picks them up when they fall. --Toby Rice Drews, Author Getting Them Sober

Whether you are new to recovery or have more time, THE POCKET SPONSOR is a wonderful book to carry with you at all times. You can turn to any page, read any hour and you will be filled with words of inspiration and hope. --Ruth Fishel, Author The Journey Within: A Spiritual Path to Recovery

This little paperback became a big seller at Serenity by the Sea when author (also author of Day By Day and Young,Sober, & Free, and other popular recovery books) held a book signing. Shelly designed this book to be read at the HALT moments. This exceptional support book also has a phone list for the number of your sponsor and others in your recovery circle. Whether you are new to recovery or have more program time, Pocket Sponsor is a wonderful book filled with words of inspiration and hope. It's a must for people in recovery. --Body, Mind, & Spirit, review

About the Author

Since 1969, Shelly Marshall has dedicated her life to working with young addicts, becasue she was an young alcoholic and addict herself. Her books Day Dy Day and Young, Sober, & Free are Hazelden recovery classics. Marshall s research has been published in five peer-reviewed journals, making her world-recognized as an advocate and activist for young people in recovery from addiction. Her contributions continue to be significant as a writer, an international trainer and keynote speaker, and a researcher in treatment and recovery.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Day By Day, Recovery Resources; 2 edition (January 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967491568
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967491561
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 3.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My bloodline can be traced back to 1620 Polish and Russian alcoholic nobility. Our family historian laughed as he reported on the long line of law suits, disinheritances, and loss of a significant portion of our lands, northwest Belarus. He said he could see that I came by my alcoholism legitimately. Well, the fact that my mother and father are both alcoholic was enough to convince me. You see, I didn't go looking for addiction, it came for me.
It came from my heritage; it came from Mom and Dad; it came from my culture (part of the hippie era and burn your bra crowd); it came from my search for God (could I find God in LSD or a bottle?).

And the same can be said for recovery. I didn't go searching for it, it came for me. It came from my Mother (who had found sobriety 6 weeks before she took me to a 12 Step program); it came from my desperation (hippie 'free love' wasn't working out too well); it came from my search for God (could God be found in the 12 Steps because I didn't find Him/Her in LSD or that bottle?). 

After setting down speed and demon rum at 21, (well we didn't drink rum, our Polish ancestry had us all drinking beer, so let's say I set down the Beelzebub beer) I had no choice but to dedicate my life to working with young addicts and women in recovery. Hazelden published my first two books Day by Day and Young, Sober, & Free which became recovery classics under their oversight.

However, I don't actually "write" recovery books per se, I take notes at 12 Step meetings and compile what clean and sober members say. These words of wisdom from the old timers, from our sponsors, from circuit speakers, from you and me are turned into our recovery books. That is also how the Pocket Sponsor evolved, the best (and only) 24/7 recovery support book. That is how Sitting in Pictures, a vision meditation book, was put together. These books are "written" from the collective wisdom of thousands of us in recovery since 1936 when Bill and Bob started AA.

In addition to the recovery titles published by Hazelden, Simon and Schuster, Harper and Row, and Day By Day, my research has been published in five peer-reviewed, professional/scholarly journals, making my work world-recognized. I am a staunch advocate and activist for young people and their parents during the addiction recovery process. Along with my brother Michael Marshall, PhD, we created a program for teaching parents how to stop enabling and become sober coaches for their kids. This successful program is outlined in the workbook Sober Coaching Your Toxic Teen.

I eventually stopped the bra burning stuff and turned my attention to learning self-respect by setting boundaries on how I allow others to treat me. A book co-authored with Dr. Marshall, Respect-Me Rules, addresses verbal and emotional abuse--it is revolutionary in teaching both men and women to stop emotional abuse through the basics of self-respect. 

Not picking up a drink or drug since 1969 and practicing the principles of recovery have made all this possible: obtaining a Human Services degree in Drugs and Alcohol, working in Moscow at an addiction clinic (yes, that's Russia), becoming a published researcher, writing recovery books published in the US and Europe, contributing to the healing process for young addicts and their families, and even becoming a small publisher. Notwithstanding the Beelzebub beginnings, I am so proud of what God has allowed me to give and to do in service to my fellows. Thank you, all of you, who read this, read my books, use my research, and hire me to speak at conventions and train counselors around the world. Recovery from addiction is not only my profession and my advocation, it is the very foundation upon which my life is built. I am so very grateful to YOU for sharing it with me.

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I've since purchased The Pocket Sponsor for all my sponcees and they love it.
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Great inspiration for maintaining recovery, any day and any time of day.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By John H. Prin on August 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
From John Howard Prin, author of STOLEN HOURS: Breaking Free From Secret Addictions, Syren Books, 2004

This dandy tool belongs in every recovering addict's pocket. I consider it a tool because for anyone who was once captive to addictive urges its small size contains huge pay-offs -- it serves the person seeking sobriety as a combination daily devotional/day planner. Regardless of what time of day or night (or week or month), the POCKET SPONSOR provides pithy advice.

It is divided into 24 brief paragraphs-with-sayings for every hour of each day, Day 1 through Day 31. Like one's sponsor in an AA or other 12-Step group, it provides the guidance and encouragement in writing that the sponsor would usually provide in conversation. Designed as a basic 24/7 form of support, it allows the beginner, or those beginning again, to carry a little bit of the fellowship from their 12-step meetings with them wherever they go.

As a professional counselor and recovering individual myself, I agree with the author when she says, "Anytime during the day that you feel uneasy, find the day and hour and read your message...Again and again, you will discover new passages that are exactly what you need at that moment."
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sherry R. on August 2, 2008
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This little pocket size book has been vital for those times when I need to get out of my own head for a second in a healthy way and gain nurishing food for thought. I've thought many times about the message I've received when I opened it up, it's right where I am emotionally even if I don't really want to see it at the time. I hasn't failed yet to deliver just what I need to hear when I need to hear it.
I've since purchased The Pocket Sponsor for all my sponcees and they love it. I've given them as gifts and used them as topics for discussion groups. There isn't one person that I've shared this little book with that doesn't agree that it has powerful messages.
It's a terrific book!!! I carry it on the motorcycle, in my purse, in my pocket, it even goes to the beach with me.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to have acceptance of others, gratitude and some peace of mind in their lives. That's how it works for me anyway, one day at a time and sometimes one minute at a time. Whatever works for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. B. Porter on September 18, 2011
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This book has great information but is overload for someone counting days. I find it useful for someone like myself who has more time who needs reminders. Keep it simple.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Theo Falconson on August 12, 2013
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Helping a pal thru recovery and needed the tools. These books were invuable to his recovery. My buddy hadn't been sober in 10 years for more than a few days at a time, now he has about 9 months.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By diapers on August 25, 2011
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This book has been helpful for my day to day words of encouragement. Thanks for sharing your book. I hope that the book was helpful to you as well. I am a member of Alanon, and this fits right in with the motto.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Burton on March 8, 2013
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If I forget this book, I regret it. I read a page or two every day, highlight certain entries and often make notes. Some times I'll go back to a particular day and time to find something helpful. I find it has many things which help me andare helpful to ANY one who is trying to live life on life's terms. This book really helps one stay in reality!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. G. Persson on October 20, 2011
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It's by the Book. Take it in a few phrases, or a few paragraphs. It's the real deal. If you are friend of Bill, or anyone else who is seeking, this is an ecellent book and worth the cheap price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 6, 2014
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I use this book a lot with my sponsees and look to it myself to help me stay grounded in my program
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