From the December 2013 magazine.

December 2013: Scared to be seen

A newcomer gets assured right away about anonymity in AA

TRADITION TWELVE: Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

At my first meeting I was full of fear and ashamed of being an alcoholic. I would have surrendered several years earlier had it not been for my inflated ego that kept me from accepting the fact that I could no longer drink like a normal person. Alcohol, which had been my friend for the first 10 years of my drinking career, turned into a dangerous enemy during my last five.

-- Anonymous

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