Alcoholics Anonymous 

South Africa


Bridging The Gap
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Bridging The Gap ( BTG )

Part of Bridging the Gap between a treatment program and A.A. is The Temporary Contact Program, which is designed to help the alcoholic in an alcoholism treatment program make the transition into AA.

One of the most ‘slipper’ places in the journey of sobriety is between the door of the treatment facility and the nearest A.A. group or meeting.

As a BTG volunteer, you can introduce the program of Alcoholics Anonymous to newcomers. When you sign up as a temporary contact, your name is placed on the Bridge the Gap volunteer list (database), along with the information you provide.

When someone in treatment requests a BTG contact, a BTG committee member matches that person’s name with a temporary contact volunteer.

If you agree to become a temporary contact, please take some time to become familiar with the BTG guidelines below:

The following pamphlets may be helpful to you:

  • Bridging the Gap – GSO Pamphlet P-49
  • AA at a Glance – F-1
  • Information on AA – F-2
  • Primary Purpose Card – F-17

Our primary purpose is to stay sober and to help other alcoholics achieve sobriety. We are not affiliated with any treatment programs, and have no opinion on outside issues.

Volunteer’s Commitment:   As a volunteer member of the Bridge the Gap program, your commitment consists of introducing your new contact to the program of Alcoholics Anonymous in his or her community.

Treatment facility patients who have signed-up to have a temporary contact will be expecting you to:

Help the newcomer become familiar with AA and AA literature.   Please see below for guidance on DOs and DONTs