Bridging The Gap Information For Professionals
More About the Program
Addicts nearing release from facilities and institutions can experience feelings of fear about re-entering society. They may worry that they won’t find the support to keep their recovery going. Narcotics Anonymous can help.
We “Bridge the Gap” so newly released addicts don’t have to walk alone across that scary gap between the beginning of recovery in treatment or jail and the rest of recovery in NA.
Shortly after receiving a request for help, an NA volunteer will contact the addict. In those first critical days, the temporary NA contact will accompany the addict to a variety of NA meetings, make introductions to other members of Narcotics Anonymous, and share his/her experience of recovery as experienced through the Narcotics Anonymous program.
How does the Bridging the Gap program work?
Within two or three days prior to release you or your client provide NA with the date of release, the city of residence after release, and an after release contact phone number. This information is not published or used for any purpose other than NA making an initial contact after release.
On the day of release, an NA volunteer will contact the addict to make arrangements to meet at a local NA meeting. The temporary NA contact will provide the newcomer with NA literature, NA meeting lists, make introductions to other members of Narcotics Anonymous, and share their personal experience of recovery through the Narcotics Anonymous program.
NA does not provide transportation to meetings. The NA volunteer may offer a ride to a meeting but it is a personal decision on the part of the volunteer and should not be expected.
How to Request a Temporary Contact
The chances of recovering alone are not good. If you would like help for an addict in bridging the gap between release and their first meeting, please request a temporary contact on our website:
If you prefer to have your clients request a contact on their own, there is a link for them to do that on the "New to NA" menu.
If you have any questions, please Contact Us.
NA’s primary approach to recovery is its belief in the therapeutic value of one addict helping another. Members take part in NA meetings by talking about their experiences and recovery from drug addiction. NA meetings are informally structured, held in space rented by the group, and are led by members who take turns opening and closing the meeting. NA meetings and other services are funded entirely by member contributions and the sale of recovery literature. Financial contributions from nonmembers are not accepted.
Most NA meetings are held regularly at the same time and place each week, usually in a public facility. There are two basic types of meetings those that are open to the general public and those closed to the public (for addicts only). Meetings vary widely in format. Some formats are: participation, speaker, question and answer, topic discussion, and some have a combination of these formats. The function of any meeting is always the same: to provide a suitable and reliable environment for personal recovery.
How does NA work?
Addicts helping each other recover are the foundation of NA. Members meet regularly to talk about their experiences in recovery. More experienced members (known as sponsors) work individually with newer members.
The core of the NA program is the Twelve Steps. These “steps” are a set of guidelines outlining a practical approach to recovery. By following these guidelines and working closely with other members, addicts learn to stop using drugs and face the challenges of daily living.
Narcotics Anonymous is not a religious organization and does not mandate any particular belief system. It does teach basic spiritual principles such as honesty, open-mindedness, faith, willingness, and humility that may be applied in everyday life. The specific practical application of spiritual principles is determined by each individual. Recovery in NA is not a miracle cure that happens within a given period of time. It is a process, ongoing and personal. Members make an individual decision to join and recover at their own pace.