What is Bridging the Gap?

Bridging the Gap (BTG) is a temporary contact program to help an alcoholic leaving a treatment program or incarceration make a successful transition into the A.A community.

Getting back to the "real world" is never easy for an alcoholic. We admitted that our first days out were challenging, that we did not know if we could stay sober. One "slippery" place is between the door of the facility and the nearest A.A. group or meeting.

Bridging the Gap is simply a program of one alcoholic helping another alcoholic to achieve sobriety.

What Bridging The Gap CAN Do

  • Help anyone with a desire to stop drinking to find a solution to a drinking problem
  • Help newly-sober people connect to A.A. outside of an institution

What Bridging The Gap CANNOT Do

  • Charge dues or fees
  • Operate a clinic or drying out facility
  • Provide housing, meals, or transportation
  • Keep membership records
  • Practice medicine, psychiatry, or nursing
  • Offer religious services
  • Offer professional counseling

From Treatment or Incarceration to A.A.

Getting back to the "real world" is not always easy. We admitted that our first days out were often challenging and we did not know if we would stay sober. One "slippery" place is from the door of the facility to the nearest A.A. group or meeting.

Bridging the Gap is a temporary A.A. contact program to assist you with the transition from treatment or incarceration. Once you are discharged or released, an A.A. volunteer will reach out and arrange to meet you at your first A.A. meetings, explain the value of having a sponsor, and introduce you to the local fellowship and program of Alcoholics Anonymous.

There are two ways to contact us:

   1. Call us at: (508) 752-9000 (Sorry no collect calls) and please include:
  • Name
  • Phone number
  • Date of release
  • Town where you will be living
   2. OR Fill out the BTG Request Form.

We will make every effort to reach you on the day of your release.

Becoming a BTG Volunteer

The purpose of Bridging the Gap is to assist someone who is being released from a treatment center or correctional facility make a successful transition to Alcoholics Anonymous in the community where they will be living.

Do you have 6 months in the program? If so, do you have a desire to be of service in Alcoholics Anonymous? Are you interested in doing real 12th step work? If so, being a "temporary contact" in Bridging the Gap may be just what you are looking for.

Once you are on the BTG team, if we have a contact request from someone who is of the same gender, age range, living where you go to meetings, you would be contacted by a BTG committee member to ask if you are available. If so, then we supply the contact information for you to arrange to meet the new A.A. at a meeting. You may work in tandem with another BTG team member.

The main purpose is to introduce the newcomer to other A.A. members, ensure they get phone numbers of other A.A. members for support, and to share our experience of sponsorship and the value of having an A.A. home group.

To become a volunteer, just fill out a volunteer form (CLICK HERE) and someone will reach out to you.

To learn more about becoming a contact volunteer, see the pamphlet below.

Please email treatment@aaworcester.org or call (508) 752-9000 with any questions.

Thank you for your service!

WAI Joint Treatment & BTG Committee

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