“The quality or state of being unknown to most people: the quality or state of being anonymous.”
Can you remember sitting in your early meetings hoping, praying that you would not be given the 12-Traditions reading where you might have to read the word A-N-O-N-Y-M-I-T-Y? I sure do! Heck, I can’t even spell it without spell check and even then, I sometimes get it wrong!
It was 12 years ago this week that I attended my first meeting at Beacon House. It was my second meeting that day. The only thing I could think of was “please don’t call on me to speak” and “I wonder how I get a job at this place.”
I was not called on to speak and as far as the job went – I was told to stop shaking, go to meetings, get a sponsor, work the steps and to come back in a year and then ask for a job.
That is what I did.
I got the job – weekend Relief Staff. Which meant hanging with residents and making binders. Looking back, I believe that was one of the best jobs I have ever had.
This will be an anonymous blog of my experience, strength, and hope before and throughout recovery, working “Inside The Light” of Beacon House, and of the life that has emerged as a direct result of following suggestions. And also, of course, by grace.
Anonymity in Recovery
Anonymity in recovery is very important for many people. In fact, most people prefer their privacy in rehab.