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.
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: Make arrangements with your contact before they leave treatment. If this is not possible, contact them within 24 hours of their release. Familiarize the contact with AA meeting formats and explain what the newcomer can expect at his/her first meeting. Attend 3-6 meetings with your contact and introduce the newcomer to other sober members of AA. Explain ‘sponsorship’ and possibly provide the pamphlet, ‘Questions and Answers on Sponsorship’. Explain the value of having a home group to your contact.
Help the newcomer become familiar with AA literature. Explain that the book Alcoholics Anonymous is our basic text.
Please Do Not: Provide any form of financial support. Become a source of transportation. Provide any sort of social or counseling service. Debate or offer opinions outside the scope of your experience with the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Provide medical or psychiatric services. Offer religious services. Sponsor the newcomer.
Helpful Information is available from:
Alcoholics Anonymous Western Cape Central Office