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Anonymity: The Great Equalizer

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I just completed a special-topic meeting on anonymity. Some aspects of anonymity came up that I’d never thought of before. For example, OA doesn’t care how much money I have or don’t have. Other members value me regardless of whether I’m poor or unemployed or famous or an executive. The member who just binged is as important as the one who’s maintained years of abstinence.

The heavy emotional, spiritual, and physical baggage we carry when we first come into the rooms can make us feel shame. I need to let go of that shame and become one among many. I can reach out to others for help with this. Anonymity brings humility, and with it, teachability. I can reach out to you, no matter who you are, to get help or offer help.

Yes! We get well together!

— Edited and reprinted from Northern Lights newsletter, Anchorage Alaska Intergroup, September 2015

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