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Guardian of My Recovery

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My understanding and appreciation of anonymity has gone through several evolutions. At first, I clutched onto the security and safety that no one would tell anyone else that they saw me here. Deep feelings of shame, humiliation, vanity, human respect, and all facets of my public face sought the protection of anonymity. Gradually, I relaxed and began to identify with others and with their stories. I began to tell my own story, discovering the self that had been hidden behind the disguise of the image I thought was me. I noticed a custom of courtesy in the rooms, which placed

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