Anonymity In Recovery
Anger and resentments are like venom or poison to an addict. These emotions eat away at the soul. They deepen and grow as well if not dealt with in a healthy way. Sharing at a meeting or calling a support to talk about it, is a start to releasing the anger and resentment. Sharing your pain by talking about it can be a useful tool in many ways. It helps to diffuse the anger, to get another perspective on it, to receive suggestion on how to turn it around into a learning experience and how to deal with it in a healthy way. Be careful what you share in a group or online though.
Many of you know by now that I share my experiences with the World. I am open and verbal about my personal battle with addiction and my journey of recovery. I receive some very uplifting messages from people who read my blog and posts. I respond to each one as well as I can but I always remind the person that even if a post inspired them or something I wrote sparked something inside them, I remind them that I am in recovery, newly in recovery at that. I relapsed last summer and had almost two years clean before that. I have done, said and thought awful things and I am human with the disease of addiction. I am not special, I am part of a community of recovering addicts who want something different, we want to live! It is because of this honesty and humility that I felt today’s post should be about anonymity and what can happen if you are not careful. I have had angry messages sent to me, I have been criticized, I have been accused of acting like I know it all. It is OK though, I do not need to defend myself. I share what works for me and I share it online and with that public sharing comes an expectation of negative responses. I do not have all the answers, I am in no way better then anyone else, I am just a lowly junkie trying to stay clean. This works for me, sharing my life and hoping that someone will see something that helps them. It is also a blog of what not to do, I share my screw ups as well! I share the experiences I had bevore my relapse. All I can say is it is each persons’ decisions when and where to share on their disease. I feel if I can show someone there’s light at the end of the tunnel, well that’s worth it all!
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