Area 61 Treatment and Accessibilities
|Bridging the Gap Coordinator||Ian B.||Area61TreatmentBDG@RhodeIsland-AA.org|
Treatment and Accessibilities
The Treatment and Accessibilities Committee sees that AA’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 AA and graciously allow us to carry the message to those who suffer from alcoholism. There are numerous openings that need to be filled regularly into multiple facilities and are available at various days and times. Please check our current needs list for available openings. The Treatment Committee is always looking for help from people who would be willing to assist in providing literature needs to our facilities, 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:
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. Give the newcomer an AA meeting schedule.
Introduce the newcomer to AA conference approved books (particularly the Big Book), pamphlets and the AA Grapevine.
Explain group membership and the value of having a home group.
Explain sponsorship to the newcomer, referring to the pamphlet “Questions and Answers on Sponsorship”, and perhaps help the newcomer find a sponsor.
Our Treatment and Accessibilities Committee is currently being formed and we are 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 AA 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.
Click here for the date and location of this committee's monthly meeting.
How to become a member of the Treatment Committee
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 AA 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 AA 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 AA 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