The primary purpose of a Treatment Committee is to carry the A.A. message to the alcoholic who still suffers. There is probably no better place for an A.A. member to find a suffering alcoholic than in a treatment facility or outpatient treatment setting. According to the A.A. 2014 Membership Survey, 32% of our members cited treatment facilities as a factor most responsible for them coming to A.A. Carrying the message to alcoholics in treatment is basic Twelfth Step work—sharing experience, strength and hope—giving it away in order to keep it!
Some A.A. members may be apprehensive about doing this kind of Twelfth Stepping. If they follow the suggestions presented in the Workbook and stick to the basics of the A.A. program, their efforts will be successful and rewarding. To quote Chapter 7 of the Big Book: “Practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics. It works when other activities fail. . . . Carry this message to other alcoholics! You can help when no one else can. You can secure their confidence when others fail.”
If you have any questions about AA and treatment facilities, please contact the Area Treatment Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org
Treatment and Correctional Facilities require the volunteers who come in to be in good health, and not have a cold or the flu. This has always been the case but should be strictly abided by now. If you have the sniffles, get someone to cover for you, or call and cancel. The staff will understand. In some cases, such as the jails, they may be stopping visitors anyway. Call to check before you go.
Some Literature for Treatment Committees and those curious about AA in treatment facilities
Area 48 Treatment Informational Pamphlet
Suggested Guidelines for Service Work in Treatment Facilities
AA Guidelines for Treatment Committees
The Spirit of Rotation in Treatment Workshops
AA in Treatment Facilities
November 2017 Treatment Report
October 2017 Treatment Report
September 2017 Treatment Report
June 2017 Treatment Report
February 2017 Treatment Report
January 2017 Treatment Report
2016 Year End Report
Some Suggested Activities for Treatment Committees
This list is intended as a committee starting-point only. It is our experience that if a committee group conscience selects a single project and follows it through to completion, there is a great sense of unity and love and service shared by all committee members. For further experience, please review the Treatment Committee Workbook, talk
to experienced members in the area and remember that our first responsibility is to the Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous.
1. Study Treatment Committee Workbook and related materials.
2. Purchase Treatment Committee Workbooks for all committee members.
3. Send a list of Treatment Committee meetings to all D.C.M.s and to local
4. Invite Corrections, Cooperation With the Professional Community, and Public
Information Committee liaisons to Treatment Committee meetings.
5. Make presentations to three treatment facilities or outpatient treatment settings and
offer follow-up presentations every four months to accommodate staff changes.
6. Set up Treatment Committee literature displays in district meetings, area meetings,
seminars, conventions, etc.
7. Create a local Treatment Committee presentation based on the Treatment
Committee Workbook and local experience, i.e., for psychiatric hospitals, nursing
homes, youth noncorrectional facilities, shelters, halfway houses, and a variety
of other treatment settings. Use of the DVD Hope: Alcoholics Anonymous or the
DVD A.A. Videos for Young People, where appropriate, may be helpful.
8. Create a Temporary Contact (Bridging the Gap) program.
9. Contact three nursing homes to offer A.A. presentations or meetings.
10. Contact three psychiatric hospitals to offer A.A. presentations or meetings.
11. Contact three homeless shelters and offer A.A. presentations or meetings.
12. Contact three halfway houses and offer A.A. presentations or meetings.
13. Contact three outpatient rehabilitation programs and offer A.A. presentations
14. Contact local Veterans Administration Hospitals or facilities and offer A.A.
presentations or meetings.
15. Fight apathy within the Fellowship; find a co-chair and interested people in order
to achieve all the above.
16. Write to the General Service Office with additional suggestions for this list.
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