How Much Anonymity?
As a rule, the average newcomer wanted his family to know immediately what he was trying to do. He also wanted to tell others who had tried to help him—his doctor, his minister, and close friends. As he gained confidence, he felt it right to explain his new way of life to his employer and business associates. When opportunities to be helpful came along, he found he could talk easily about A.A. to almost anyone.
These quiet disclosures helped him to lose his fear of the alcoholic stigma, and spread the news of A.A.’s existence in his community. Many a new man and woman came to A.A. because of such conversation. Since it is only at the top public level that anonymity is expected, such communications were well within its spirit.
~ Twelve AND TWELVE, PP. 185-186 ~
© 1967 by Alcoholics Anonymous ® World Services, Inc
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