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  •  A couple of years ago I posted a diary (7+ / 0-)

    on my experiences with alcoholism in the Kosability series. My user name is my real name. The anonymity issue came up. My view is that I am not making an appearance as a representative of AA. I am sharing my personal journey. AA played a very important part in that and it has to be mentioned. I don't believe that I have done anything to harm AA.

    It is a TRADITION not a law.

    •  Like most things in AA, there are different takes (3+ / 0-)
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      on it. Not everyone wants to disclose their AA affiliation on a public forum such this. Personally, I tend to minimize my AA involvement online but I'm much more likely to break my anonymity in real-life situations. Can't say why that is, but it's just what my gut tells me to do.

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      by jan4insight on Fri Dec 06, 2013 at 12:19:01 PM PST

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    •  The thing about anonymity (3+ / 0-)

      As I've heard it stated: "I can say I'm a member of AA; I can't say YOU'RE a member of AA." Actually the specific quote is that I can call myself an alcoholic but I can't call you one. It's about the same though. I can do what I please but only to the extent that it doesn't make someone else's decision for them.

      I understand that AA has guidelines regarding the use of social media (which are of course are only guidelines; as you rightly point out, they aren't laws or even rules). As regards a certain well-known social media site; I'm happy to  remark about my own sobriety anniversary there, as appropriate, and I'll say I'm part of the 12-step community. I will not, however specifically identify myself as a member of AA or of the other programs I participate in, of which there are, I must admit, more than two or three.

    •  isn't the idea promoting by attraction (2+ / 0-)
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      Richard Lyon, SixSixSix

      sharing your experience with AA isn't something one is told to hide, rather the experiences of others in AA.  

      But the issue of anonymity and the openness with which one discusses ones private battles here at Kos IS a huge one. I have always been very open about my battle with mental health issues because I need so much to fight the stigma.

      My public profile links to my blog investigating mental illness and alternative treatments (which I haven't worked on in some time) but it comes up in Google search. And my battles with alcohol.

      I was lucky when it came to alcohol. It only took over my 20s and early 30s. The depression and anxiety hit ten years later big time and dealing with that has been the defining experience of my life.  Sad to say.

      Yet still, when I did return to 'the rooms' about 2 years ago, I found so many, so very many people there who battle depression and anxiety and are travellng the same path. That has helped me so much, more in many ways than the years and years of therapy I underwent to achieve stability.

      RIP Nelson Mandela

      by boatsie on Fri Dec 06, 2013 at 01:16:20 PM PST

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