A sponsor is a comrade and must try to bring clarity to what is needed for life to take a turn away from drugs and crime. But a sponsor can only contribute when the inmate/released person has made their choice – when that person says “I want to change my life”, then the sponsor can be there. Not to conduct therapy, but to be a fellow human being and a bridge builder.
A sponsor must be able to say no at an early stage. Not no to being a fellow human being, who understands and sees, but no to all lies, excuses and excuses for continued addiction and crime.
For sponsors, this may mean opting out of some of those who ask for help, but the sponsors must be absolutely ready to distance themselves from paths that lead to more drug use and crime.
After all, it is the inmate/released person who has to make the most difficult choice: Do I want to quit?