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Bridging The Gap

Request a Temporary Contact or Volunteer for Bridging The Gap

Bridging the Gap: Be a temporary contact between the treatment facilities and outside of AA.

This is a commitment to help the newcomers integrate into AA when they get home from treatment. You would meet them at their first meeting (hopefully the day or day after they get out). Introduce them to people in the program, help them get numbers, a meeting schedule, literature, etc. Stay in touch, maybe meet them at a second or third meeting. This is such a great way to do service work and help a newcomer by guiding him or her through the first week or so! One year of sobriety is preferred for this commitment. 

Request a Temporary Contact: Are you currently in a treatment facility and do you need help getting to your first meeting?

The local Alcoholics Anonymous community is here to help with a temporary contact. Bridging the Gap is a program thru AA to help people leaving a treatment facility to become acquainted with AA and attend meetings in their hometown after they are released.

At this time, Bridging the Gap and Temporary Contacts are available for meetings within Larimer County.


Are you currently in a treatment facility and need help attending your first meeting? We can pair you with a Temporary Contact to introduce you to meetings and other local AA members. Please fill out the request form by clicking the blue button below. Your information is completely confidential and will only be shared with a local AA member who wishes to help.


Would you like to volunteer to be a Temporary Contact to help newcomers attend their first meetings after treatment? Please fill out the Bridging the Gap volunteer form by clicking the blue button below. Your information is completely confidential and will only be used to pair you with a local A.A. member requesting a Temporary Contact.

If you need a ride to an A.A. meeting from treatment facilities, call Marlene B. at 970-889-5557.

“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 that transition. … one of the more “slippery” places in the journey to sobriety is between the door of the facility and the nearest A.A. group or meeting. Some of us can tell you that, even though we heard of A.A. in treatment, we were too fearful to go. A.A. experience suggests that attending meetings regularly is critical. In order to bridge the gap, A.A. members have volunteered to be temporary contacts and introduce newcomers to Alcoholics Anonymous.”

— Reprinted from “Bridging the Gap Between Treatment & A.A. Through Temporary Contact Programs” with permission of A.A. World Services. Inc.

While A.A. is not affiliated with any form of alcoholism treatment, A.A. Treatment committees are essential in carrying the A.A. message to treatment facilities where the suffering alcoholic may be introduced to A.A. for the first time. According to the A.A. 2011 Membership Survey, 32% of our members cited treatment facilities as a factor most responsible for them coming to A.A.

— Reprinted from, with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.