Area 78

Alberta / Northwest Territories

EXTENDING THE HAND OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

Treatment facilities committees are formed 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 transcending from the facility to an A.A. group in the individual’s community.

BASIC COMMITTEE FUNCTIONS

The purpose of Treatment Committee is to assist members to carry the message of Alcoholics Anonymous to Treatment Facilities and outpatient settings. In addition to bringing the message of hope for recovery to alcoholics in a variety of treatment settings, the Treatment Committee demonstrates to administrators and staff "how it works" and are instruments of attraction to the A.A. program. The Active Treatment Committee provides information about A.A. as well as literature and guidelines for setting up A.A. meetings in treatment facilitates and outpatient settings.

Treatment settings may include; treatment facilities, hospitals, psychiatric wards, nursing homes, youth noncorrectional facilities, shelters, halfway houses, veteran facilities, senior centers, etc.

The Treatment Committee maintains a list of members who are willing to extend the hand of A.A. to those released to their community after completion of a treatment facility program.

COMMITTEE CHAIR

The Treatment Committee Chair is an appointed position.

The Treatment Chair for Area 78 serves the fellowship in a way that directly impacts the lives of many suffering alcoholics. Many new people entering Alcoholics Anonymous today come to us via treatment facilities. The treatment chair works with districts, treatment chairs and Bridging the Gap chairs in the Area to reach out to the alcoholics in these facilities. We also cooperate with the administration staff of these facilities in any way we can.

Some of the duties performed by the treatment chair are:

  • Assisting districts, groups and members to carry the message and organize meetings in Treatment settings which may include; treatment facilities, hospitals, detox, psychiatric wards, nursing homes, youth noncorrectional facilities, shelters, halfway houses, veteran facilities, senior centers, etc.
  • Staying in touch with district Treatment and/or Bridging the Gap chairs.
  • Keeping a current Bridging the Gap list for our area.
  • Helping to arrange "Bridging the Gap" contacts.
  • Arranging temporary AA contacts when someone leaves a facility.
  • Replying to email from people reaching out for help.

To contact the Treatment Committee Chair, e-mail: tfchair@area78.org