Treatment committees are formed to coordinate the work of individual AA members and groups who are interested in carrying our message of recovery to alcoholics in treatment facilities. Also, to set up a means of transcending from the facility to an AA group in the individual’s community.
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 AA program.
Self education is important for those involved in the Treatment & Accessibilities Committee service work. All members of the Area 78 Treatment Committee are encouraged to download and read both the Treatment Committee Workbook and the Accessibilities Workbook, using them to be better informed on AA best practices in regards to Treatment Facility & Accessibilities issues.
The Treatment Committee is responsible for the following tasks:
- The active Treatment & Accessibilities Committee provides information about AA as well as literature and guidelines for setting up AA 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 (the BTG Temporary Contact List) who are willing to extend the hand of AA to those released to their community after completion of a treatment facility program.
- The Accessibilities section of the Treatment Committee works to provide access to AA for those with accessibility issues so AA continues to be inclusive not exclusive.
- There are those of us who - are hearing, visually or speech impaired, homebound, chronically ill, use wheelchairs, walkers or crutches, and are developmentally disabled or suffer from brain damage, stroke, etc. Whatever the issue or challenge to receiving the AA message, it is hoped that no one would never be excluded from AA meetings, twelve step work or AA service.