Of grave importance to my blog, and I write of this with all seriousness, is anonymity. This is a touchy subject and one that arises in many a conversation in the recovery community.
Blogging about my own recovery experience is a per se violation of the principle of anonymity, yes. That said, I feel it necessary in order for me to share in an authentic and intentional manner. I am a recovering alcoholic; inextricably woven into the fabric of my recovery is my membership in a 12-step program. I do not, however, in any way, shape, or form, intend to promote any 12-step program, nor do I in fact promote any 12-step program. Simply put, being candid and open about my addiction and sobriety is necessary for my own recovery. In my dysfunctional world, secrets breed shame and shame kills. I would like to see 34.
While I am a huge proponent for openness in my own recovery and in addiction advocacy in general (as I believe it combats damaging stigmas and misperceptions about the disease), I do not suggest or encourage others to “out” themselves as addicts or alcoholics or members of a 12-step program. That is an insanely personal decision. For me, not sharing my story is tantamount to hiding, but I enthusiastically support those who choose to remain anonymous.
I aim to share my own experience without jeopardizing the confidentiality of alcoholics, addicts, and 12-step programs. I intend to adhere to certain blogging guidelines, found on the “Guidelines” page of this blog, in order to to do so.
While I invite you to share your take on this issue, I do plan to pen posts specifically on anonymity. I also hope to bring you interviews about anonymity from advocates and additional interested parties. Stay tuned. Thank you!