Bridging The Gap
Part of Bridging the Gap between an individual in a facility and A.A.
is the Temporary Contact Program, which is designed to help the alcoholic
in an alcoholism treatment program make that transition. As you know, one
of the more “slippery” places in the journey to sobriety is between the
door of the setting and the nearest A.A. group or meeting. Some of us can
tell you that, even though we heard of A.A. within the facility,
we were too fearful to go.
The video Hope: Alcoholics Anonymous, shown to clients in treatment,
emphasizes the importance of having a temporary contact as the essential
link between treatment and recovery.
It is suggested that the temporary contact take the newcomer to a variety
of A.A. meetings; introduce him or her to other A.A.s; insure that he or
she has phone numbers of several A.A. members and share the experience of
sponsorship and a home group.