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From the April 2013 magazine.

April 2013: Editor's Letter

One of the most critical moments in an alcoholic’s early sobriety can be making a connection with AA the day he or she leaves a treatment center or correctional facility. Some of us don’t know where to go, and some are just overwhelmed, as people, places and things loom large. That’s where Bridging the Gap programs help out. Bridging the Gap volunteers sign up to link the new member to the safe, loving rooms of AA right away. This month, our special section features stories of hope and service from Bridging the Gap programs.

In the story "Help On the Line,” an alcoholic’s life changes forever because an AA member signed up to be a “gapper.” A California woman, who gets a helping hand finding meetings when she moves to Mexico, gets inspired to give back in “Connected at the Hacienda.” Don’t like using the phone? Neither did the guy in “Happy Calls,” until he learned how it saves lives. In “I Wasn’t Just a Number,” a woman’s AA contact in a Georgia jail hooks her up with Bridging the Gap, which leads her to her first sponsor. And a man with 11 months tells us how he got “tricked” into service work in the cute tale “The Escape Clause.”

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