What is Bridging theĀ Gap?


Bridging the Gap (BTG) is a temporary contact program to assist alcoholics newly released from treatment or incarceration.


Getting back to the "real world" is never easy for an alcoholic. We admitted our first days out were challenging, that we were worried about staying sober. One "slippery" place is from the door of the facility to the nearest A.A. group or meeting. This is where the BTG program can provide help.


What Bridging The Gap CAN Do

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

Getting Help from Treatment or an Institution to A.A.

Once you are being discharged or released, a BTG volunteer will arrange to meet you at your first A.A. meeting and help you get started with Alcoholics Anonymous in your area.

There are two ways to contact BTG volunteers:


  1. Call us at: (508) 752-9000 (no collect calls) and share:

    • Your name
    • Phone number
    • Date of release
    • Town where you will be living

  2. OR submit a BTG Request Form.

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


Becoming a BTG Volunteer

The primary purpose of Bridging the Gap is to assist those being released from treatment or incarceration make a successful transition to Alcoholics Anonymous. Do you have six months of sobriety, a sponsor, and a desire to help others? If so, being a "temporary contact" in Bridging the Gap is for you.


To get involved, just fill out a BTG Volunteer Form.


What to Expect

As a BTG team member, when someone of your gender, age, and area requests help, a BTG committee member will reach out to see if you are available and then provide contact information. You may work in tandem with another BTG team member.

Basic goals of the BTG program are:


  • Introduce the newcomer to others in A.A.
  • Share your experience about the value of an A.A. sponsor
  • Share your experience about the value of an A.A. home group.

Refer to the pamphlets below to learn more about the BTG program.

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



Thank you for your service! — WAI Joint Treatment Facilities & BTG Committee