One of the hardest parts of sobriety is transitioning from an inpatient treatment center to an A.A. group. Inpatient facilities have a controlled environment and most of them conduct urine tests, so staying sober in treatment is easy. Staying sober outside is much more challenging. Many of us have stepped out of treatment and right back into the nearest bar. We told ourselves that our treatment was done.
We’d stayed sober for weeks or even months. We’d have a drink to celebrate, and we wouldn’t get drunk because we thought we were cured. Of course, we were deceiving ourselves.
Even if we stayed sober at first, going to our first A.A. meeting was intimidating, so we may have put it off. What we have in common is that, sooner or later, we all decided we needed the support and fellowship of other fellow alcoholics to stay sober.
Alcoholics Anonymous Treatment Center of Westerville works with local inpatient facilities to partner alcoholics with veteran A.A. members to ease their transition into our fellowship, through our Bridging the Gap/Temporary Contact Program. Your temporary contact will be an established member of your local A.A. group, and will take you to your first six meetings.
During this time, they will introduce you to other group members, help you learn about our 12-Step Program, and introduce you to our core values like honesty and service. Your temporary contact is not the same as a social worker or probation officer. They won’t offer you a job, housing, money or clothing. Their role is simply to help you get comfortable with A.A. while you find a long-term sponsor.
Through experience, we’ve learned that the most important factor for remaining sober after treatment is getting to a group meeting as soon as possible after release.
We’ve also learned strategies for transitioning to a better, sober life. Old friends and familiar places can make us want to drink, which is why it’s so important to build a new network of sober friends to help us stay on track.
Sobriety isn’t just about not drinking; it’s about building a new, fulfilling life without alcohol. We’ve started new hobbies, moved to new neighborhoods and generally done whatever it takes to maintain our sobriety.
Many of us have stumbled along the way, but we have kept working the 12 Steps, working with our sponsors and ultimately found happiness in sobriety. Because we’ve stumbled ourselves, we can help new members identify those stumbling blocks or triggers which may lead to drinking. We have been in your shoes, and we believe that our A.A. community can help you just as it has helped us.
If you’re within three months of being released from a treatment facility, please contact us via the web form below and we will provide you with a temporary contact who will be ready to help you immediately upon your release. We destroy all records as soon as your contact has been provided, so this program remains confidential and your anonymity is ensured.
Note: Some treatment centers and courts have referred people to Alcoholics Anonymous for drug or other addictions. While all are welcome in our public meetings, A.A. membership and group meetings are open only to those who desire to quit drinking.
We sympathize with those individuals who suffer from drug addiction, gambling addiction, or other addictions. Non-alcoholics are encouraged to find programs tailored to their particular needs. While A.A. does not have an official position on any particular non-A.A. program, there are many available in the Westerville area.