91648, Tucson, AZ 85752-1648 ~ Tel: (520) 297-9348 ~ Fax: (520) 297-7230
~ Website: www.aabacktobasics.org
(City, State, Zip Code)
Subject: Court Ordering Alcohol and Drug Offenders to the Back to Basics
Dear (Judge/Sheriff/Officer, etc.)
(Mr./Ms) (Back to Basics Meeting Leader) has
asked me to write you about an option that is now available to the
(City/County/ State) judicial system. Instead of ordering alcohol and drug
offenders to "open" A.A. or other Twelve-Step programs, we request
that you consider sending them to the Back to Basics Beginners Meetings
Back to Basics is based on an original A.A.
format from the mid 1940s whereby "newcomers" TAKE all Twelve
Steps in four one-hour sessions. This format produced a 50-75% recovery rate
in the 1940s and 1950s. We are seeing similar results today for those
who are willing to stay involved for 90-180 days. Involvement includes taking
the Steps, "sponsoring" others through the Steps, and if possible,
leading the meetings.
Back to Basics provides a safe, structured
environment in which "newcomers" learn the fundamentals of the
Twelve-Step process, participate in their own recovery, and learn the value of
being of service to others. At their first Back to Basics meeting,
"newcomers" are assigned "sponsors" or sharing partners
who assist them through the Steps. No one attends the Back to Basics meetings
In addition, no one is asked to identify him
or herself in terms of an addiction or affliction--everyone is welcome to take
the Twelve Steps together. But, because Back to Basics is based on an A.A.
meeting format and the "Big Book" is the only book used in the
sessions, we do ask those with problems other than alcohol to substitute their
addiction or affliction for the word alcohol each time they see or hear it
during the meetings.
Back to Basics is also a clearinghouse that
directs attendees to the appropriate Twelve Step fellowship once they have
taken the Steps. This helps insure each Twelve Step programs
"singleness of purpose" and improves the effectiveness of
"regular" meetings because the attendees are now living in the
solution rather than floundering around in the problem.
Your local Back to Basics meeting is located
(Name of Meeting / Group)
(Name of Meeting Location--Church, Club, etc)
(Meeting Addressincluding directions)
(Day and Time of Meeting)
The coordinator for the Back to Basics
meeting in your area is (Mr./Ms.) (First Name / Last Initial). If you have any
questions, please contact (him / her) at the following telephone number
In Tucson AZ, we coordinate Back to Basics
activity throughout the world and publish the Back to Basics book, Back to
Basics Meeting Leader Guide and other recovery literature. We also conduct
Back to Basics workshops and seminars throughout the United States and Canada.
We have included a copy of the Back to
Basics book and various articles on the success of the Back to Basics program.
You can obtain additional information at our website: www.aabacktobasics.org. If we can be of further assistance, please contact us
at the Back to Basics Foundation (520-297-9348).
We thank you for the opportunity to be of
service to the suffering alcoholic / addict.
Archivist, Historian and Author