Bridge The Gap
What is Bridge the Gap? Temporary Contact program is an option for those in an alcoholism treatment facility, correctional facility, or other type of institution who wish to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings after their discharge.

Bridging the Gap Program

​Objective

To bridge the gap from facilities and institutions to the meetings and fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous.

​Purpose
* First, to provide the client with a temporary contact from recovery in AA.
* Second, to inform the client of our “Singleness of Purpose”, and what AA does and does not do.
The Bridging the Gap Temporary Contact Program is designed to help alcoholics in Hospitals, Treatment Facilities, Correctional Facilities and Institutions transition outside these institutions and back into the community.
As many of us know, the most “slippery slope” along the road to recovery from alcoholism is between the front doors of the facility and those of that first AA meeting! Many of us can share that, although we were fully aware of AA when we were in these same shoes, we were afraid to walk through the door for the first time. In order to “bridge” this gap, AA members from all over have volunteered to be temporary contacts to alcoholics in these institutions for a short while until the new member becomes comfortable and more confident in the fellowship of AA.

What A.A. and Bridging The Gap DOES:
  1.Helps people with a desire to stop drinking to find a solution to their problem
  2. Helps the new member adjust to the A.A. Fellowship outside institutions​

​​What A.A. and Bridging the Gap DOES NOT DO:
  1. Furnish initial motivation
  2. Solicit members
  3. Charge dues or fees
  4. Operate clinics or drying-out facilities
  5. Operate clubs
  6. Provide housing, meals or transportation
  7. Keep membership records
  8. Followup on errant members
  9. Control members
  10. Hold classes
  11. Practice medicine, psychiatry or nursing
  12. Offer religious services
  13. Offer professional counseling​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
  14. Accept money from non-members
  15. Do research
  16. Join councils or social agencies
  17. Loan money​​​​
  18. ​Provide long-term sponsorship
  19. Provide a long-term taxi service

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Volunteer Temporary Contact May:
  ​1. When possible, contact the newcomer by phone before leaving the facility.
  2. Take newcomer to a variety of AA meetings after leaving the facility.
  3. Provide the newcomer with information about AA.
  4. Introduce the newcomer to AA books, pamphlets, and schedule of meetings in their local area.
  5. Explain the different meeting formats (discussion, speaker, big book study, step study) and cover the difference            between open and closed AA meetings.
  6. Help introduce the newcomer to members in the fellowship of AA.
  7. Explain sponsorship to the newcomer and the importance of obtaining a sponsor.

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PLEASE CONTACT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING CONTACT OR SUBMIT INFORMATION BELOW IF YOU NEED ANY FURTHER INFORMATION OR IF YOU ARE ABLE TO HELP WITH THIS PROGRAM:


    AA CENTRAL OFFICE   712-252-1333 (24-hrs a day)






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