The concept of anonymity in recovery goes back decades. Some attribute the adherence to anonymity directly to the creation of Alcoholics anonymous. We understand that it may be easier for a person in recovery to maintain anonymity so as to avoid judgement or shame. However, we fully support we fully support the recent development of many recovering addicts shedding their anonymity in order to reveal themselves and their recovery process to the wider community as contributing members of society.
As one recovering addict and counselor, Ann Mangan, recently said “Breaking down the stigma of addiction has been a slow process. Despite scientific evidence that addiction is a treatable brain disease, many still view it as a sign of weakness or character flaw. As the battle continues, lives are lost. When you first start out in the program, the message is clear: If you speak out about your recovery, people wont know how to handle you,” says Mangan. “We have to keep meetings safe; otherwise people won’t want to come.” And Mangan agrees, especially for people new to the program. But as she grew in her recovery, she increasingly felt the need to speak up.
At Recovery Connection in Porter County, we believe that we can respect your anonymity, while not remaining anonymous ourselves. We believe that anonymity can help wary individuals struggling with addiction come to recovery, but we also believe that shedding our anonymity can also help attract those that desperately need recovery.