From the November 2012 magazine.

November 2012: Smile!

Is it OK to take pictures at AA events?

Ever since I came into AA in the ’70s I have viewed cameras at AA events with alarm. When someone takes out a camera, I believe it immediately potentially compromises AA’s promise of anonymity. The fear and shame that others might know they may be an alcoholic may be all that’s needed to keep a newcomer away from the program of recovery that saved our lives.

I recently attended two large AA service events, where it was requested that no recording devices be used. It was ignored.

During the banquet, it wasn’t long before phones started flashing. Later on, at the...

-- Anonymous