Bridging the Gap Committee
Bridging the Gap (BTG) is the Temporary Contact Program of AA. This ad hoc committee works with HTF to help bridge the “gap” between the treatment facility and the AA group or meeting during the initial journey of sobriety.
An AA member who volunteers to be a BTG Temporary Contact and accepts a specific request is available to meet the patient upon release from treatment and attend up to six meetings in two weeks.
The BTG Coordinator matches those leaving treatment with a Temporary Contact on the basis of gender, zip code, and age group whenever possible.
The vital 12-step work of BTG includes: visiting the patient before s/he leaves the facility, providing AA literature, going to different kinds of meetings (especially one immediately after the patient’s release), introducing the person to other AA members, and ensuring s/he has a beginner’s kit and contact numbers. As a Temporary Contact you do not serve as a sponsor but you are encouraged to carry the message and help guide your prospect to select a sponsor and home group.
Requirements for BTG volunteers: You have at least 1 year of current, continuous sobriety; you have a sponsor and a home group; you are familiar with the 12 Steps and the 12 Traditions.
For additional information visit: www.btgww.org