Treatment 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 "bridging the gap" from the facility to
an A.A. group in the individual's community.
A treatment committee may function within the
structure of a general service committee on the area or district level or it may
serve within the structure of a central office/intergroup. Prior to forming
these committees, this Twelfth Step work is sometimes handled by an individual
group or member. As A.A. groups grow in number in a community, experience
suggests that a committee works more effectively.
In some parts of the country, A.A.s interested in carrying
the message into treatment and correctional facilities work together on
Hospitals and Institutions committees independent of, but in cooperation with,
general service and intergroup committees. This structure also works well -
especially in areas where lines of communication between the various service
entities remain open.
Since A.A.’s co-founders first stayed sober by carrying
the A.A. message into hospitals, many other alcoholics have discovered the
great value to their own sobriety of working with suffering alcoholics in
In 1934, Bill W. kept trying to help drunks in Towns Hospital
in New York City. None of them seemed interested at that time, but Bill stayed
sober. Dr. Bob worked with thousands of alcoholics at St. Thomas Hospital in
Akron, Ohio. In 1939, Rockland State Hospital, a New York mental institution,
was the site of one of our first A.A. hospital groups.
Today many A.A. meetings take place in treatment facilities
all over the world. Twelfth Stepping and sponsoring other alcoholics - where
they are-has long been one of the most important and satisfying ways of keeping
Services to treatment facilities used to be combined with
corrections facilities under the title Institutions Committee. In 1977 the
General Service Conference voted to dissolve its Institutions Committee and form
two new committees, one on correctional and one on treatment. For more information
on A.A.'s work in hospitals and treatment
centers, see the book AA Comes of Age.
Functions of the Committee
With approval of administration, takes A.A. meetings
into facilities within its area.
Encourages group participation. In some areas each
group has a representative on the Treatment committee.
Coordinates temporary contact programs.
Arranges purchase and distribution of literature for
these groups and meetings.
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