The Treatment and Accessibilities Committee sees that A.A.’s message of recovery is carried into detoxes, residential and outpatient programs, dual diagnosis/psychiatric units, halfway houses, and homeless shelters. These facilities have expressed a need for A.A. and graciously allow us to carry the message to those who suffer from alcoholism.
IMPORTANT! Please read and download Treatment Center Commitment Guidelines in the sidebar prior to entering a facility.
The Treatment Committee is always looking for help from people who would be willing to assist in providing literature to our facilities ( The Treatment committee will provide it to you ), making visits to ensure that incoming commitments are showing up, updating group contact info, and enlarging our Bridging the Gap volunteer list.
Goals for Bridging the Gap Temporary Contact People:
We need more Bridging the Gap volunteers. Please contact the treatment chair to sign up!
We understand everyone has different schedules and only a certain amount of time available. The primary purpose of Bridging the Gap is to get the newly sober and released person to their first meeting as quickly as possible. Making that initial connection to the fellow ship is what is most important. Here are more goals of the program, but realize you are not expected to be able to support them all.
Make contact with the newcomer while he or she is still in treatment. To avoid any misunderstandings, explain clearly that this is a temporary arrangement.
Review the many different meeting formats- cover the differences between open and closed AA meetings and accompany the newcomer to a variety of meetings, if possible. Give the newcomer an A.A. meeting schedule. Get them a Big Book.
Our Treatment and Accessibilities Committee is always in need of people to be involved in launching an outreach into our community to assess the needs in our special needs population. Please consider stepping out in service and seeing what God can do through each and every one of us to make A.A. available for those who don’t have the freedoms that we sometimes take for granted. If there are any questions or you would simply like some information please attend our monthly meeting on the first Monday of the month.
Contacting the Chair or the Alternate Chair usually gets the ball rolling but appearing at the next committee meeting (above) provides an excellent opportunity to refine your interest.
The Treatment and Accessibilities Committee would like to thank all of the groups and individuals who take time out of their lives to carry the A.A. message into treatment facilities. Your service and sacrifice are greatly appreciated. As always, let’s be faithful representatives of Alcoholics Anonymous and always remain aware that we are guests in these facilities and these are not “open AA meetings”.
“The professional treatment setting is in charge of its patients or clients and is responsible for them. While we cannot compromise our A.A. traditions, we should remember that we are there as guests of the facility, and must abide by its rules. We are there to carry the A.A. message to the newcomer, and to answer any questions regarding the AA program of recovery and the AA way of life. Statements that may be interpreted as medical or psychological diagnosis or advice on medication should be avoided. We are there only to share our experience of staying away from one drink, one day at a time, through the program of Alcoholics Anonymous.” -BRIDGING THE GAP PAMPHLET, AAWS