I was asked a couple weeks ago to sponsor a newcomer in AA by them. As I was put on the spot I agreed. Since then my anxiety level has been out of control. Every time I see her my anxiety goes through the roof, even when she calls me on the phone (fortunately she has only done this twice). I am beginning to think this is very unhealthy for both of us as I am unable due to my anxiety to be an effective sponsor and therefor not able to walk her through the Steps like she needs. It is hard to walk someone through the Steps when one can not meet with her on a face to face basis. The only time I have seen her is at meetings and I keep putting off meeting together. I don’t know how to tell her I just can’t do this without hurting her feelings. I wish I knew someone that could take her on as a sponsee but I don’t right now. So in the meantime I am stuck in this non productive and possibly hurtful arrangement.
Any thoughts or experience on this would be very helpful.