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Alcoholics Anonymous

Area 58, District 5-Serving Central Oregon Including: Bend, Burns, Chemult, Culver, John Day, LaPine, Madras, Metolius, Mt. Vernon, Prineville, Redmond, Sisters, Sunriver, Terrebonne, & Tumalo

Cooperation with Treatment Facilities Committee

Cooperation with Treatment Facilities (CTF)

Treatment is older than A.A. itself, and was largely unsuccessful until A.A. Bill Wilson was a patient in several facilities, including extended stays in Townes Hospital in New York City. After Bill got sober, he returned to Townes Hospital where he helped others to achieve sobriety. Our other co-founder, Dr. Bob S., is credited with sobering up over 5,000 alcoholics at City Hospital and St. Thomas Hospital in Akron, OH. Treatment and A.A. have worked hand and hand ever since.

We A.A.’s have an important opportunity today for us to work with our local A.A. members to share their experience, strength and hope with newcomers at discussion panels held in treatment facilities.  The CTF committee and panel facilitators coordinate the work of individual A.A. members who carry the message to alcoholics in treatment facilities and works to clarify what A.A. can and cannot do, within the Twelve Traditions to help alcoholics in treatment. 

Facilitators take an A.A. panel to the treatment facility about once every four to eight weeks depending on the facility’s next group in treatment. If the treatment center requests, we may participate more often.

We are always looking for A.A.’s to participate in our panels.  We currently have panels in treatment facilities in Bend, Redmond, Madras, and LaPine.  If you are interested, please contact the CTF Committee Chair at or write us at:

District 5 CTF Committee, P. O. Box 7241, Bend, OR 97708.

A.A. in Treatment Facilities Pamphlet


Singleness of Purpose

When our panelists come in to speak to treatment facility clients, it is imperative that the panelists share their experience strength, and hope as it pertains to alcoholism.  We acknowledge the many people have problems with other substances but our focus is alcoholism and how A.A. can help the still suffering alcoholic.

“Singleness of purpose is essential to the effective treatment of alcoholism. The reason for such exaggerated focus is to overcome denial. The denial associated with alcoholism is cunning, baffling, and powerful and affects the patient, helper, and the community. Unless alcoholism is kept relentlessly in the foreground, other issues will usurp everybody’s attention.”

George E. Vaillant, M. D.

Class A (nonalcoholic) trustee

A.A. General Service Board


“Our first duty, as a society, is to insure our own survival. Therefore, we have to avoid distractions and multipurpose activity. An A.A. group, as such, cannot take on all the personal problems of its members, let alone the problems of the whole world. Sobriety — freedom from alcohol — through the teaching and practice of the Twelve Steps is the sole purpose of an A.A. group. Groups have repeatedly tried other activities, and they have always failed. It has also been learned that there is no possible way to make nonalcoholics into A.A. members. We have to confine our membership to alcoholics, and we have to confine our A.A. groups to a single purpose. If we don’t stick to these principles, we shall almost surely collapse. And if we collapse, we cannot help anyone.”


Bill W., Co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous

Singleness of Purpose - AA Newsletter

Problems Other Than Alcohol

New to A.A.? Referring Someone to A.A.?


Bridging the Gap Program

Bridging the Gap Program

Need a Temporary Contact from A.A. to Take You to a Meeting?

If you are within three months of your discharge date and would like to have an A.A. Temporary Contact be your link to the A.A. community through meetings and introduction to other A.A.s., you can click on the link below, print out the pamphlet, and mail it to:

District 5 CTF Committee, P. O. Box 7241, Bend, OR 97708

A.A. Temporary Contact/Bridging the Gap Pamphlet



Part of Bridging the Gap between a treatment program and A.A. is the Temporary Contact Program, which is designed to help the alcoholic in an alcoholism treatment program make that transition. As you know, one of the more “slippery” places in the journey to sobriety is between the door of the facility and the nearest A.A. group or meeting. Some of us can tell you that, even though we heard of A.A. in treatment, we were too fearful to go. A.A. experience suggests that attending meetings regularly is critical. In order to bridge the gap, A.A. members have volunteered to be temporary contacts and introduce newcomers to Alcoholics Anonymous.

If you would like to participate in our District’s Bridging the Gap program, please contact the chair of the CTF committee at or you can print out and complete the Bridging the Gap AA Pamphlet and mail it to us at:

District 5 CTF Committee, P. O. Box 7241, Bend, OR 97708

Bridging the Gap Pamphlet for Volunteers


Other Helpful Links

Questions for the Newcomer

Treatment Facilities Workbook

Is A.A. For You Pamphlet

Be of Service

A.A. Needs Your Help!!

If you are an A.A. member and would like to get involved in the service structure of Alcoholics Anonymous, attend your group's business meeting.  Make yourself available to be your group's GSR (General Service Representative), come to the next District Business Meeting and/or get in touch with the District Committee Member (DCM).

DCM:  Bonnie C              

Alt. DCM:  Kyle R        

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