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.


The purpose of the Treatment Facilities Committee is to coordinate the work of individual A.A. members and groups who are interested in carrying our message of recovery to alcoholics in treatment facilities, and to set up means of “bridging the gap” from the facility to the larger A.A. community.

Basic functions of the committee are

  • Encourage group and local committee participation
  • Provide a liaison between treatment facilities’ meetings and groups on the outside
  • Coordinate temporary contact/Bridging the Gap.

—Reprinted from Area 47 Handbook

How You Can Help:

  • Become a temporary contact by providing your contact information below.
  • Attend monthly Treatment Committee meetings at Area 47 Assemblies to learn more.
  • Contact the Area 47 Treatment Chair at
  • Read the Bridging the Gap pamphlet (link below) for a better understanding of how the temporary contact program works.

The Treatment Committee is building a list of temporary contacts who are available in central New York. If you would like to be on that list—to help “bridge the gap” in Area 47—send us your contact information. We’ll be in touch. OR if you are being discharged from a treatment facility and need a temporary contact, please let us know.

BTG Temporary Contact Form


READ “Bridging the Gap—Between Treat­ment and A.A. Through Temporary Contact Programs” (P-49) at

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.

As you know, 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.

The video “Hope: Alcoholics Anonymous,” shown to patients in treatment, emphasizes the importance of having a temporary contact as the essential link between treatment and recovery.

It is suggested that the temporary contact take the newcomer to a variety of A.A. meetings; introduce him or her to other A.A.s; insure that he or she has the phone numbers of several A.A. members, and share the experience of sponsorship and a home group. — Reprinted from, with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.


Treatment Centers in Central New York

The map shows locations of Treatment Centers and Intergroups in central New York.