12 Step Relations
Face It TOGETHER® believes in cooperating with all recovery groups and recovery service providers in our communities. We respect all recovery philosophies and support people on all paths to recovery. Most 12 Step groups interact with Face It TOGETHER® the same way they interact with other recovery service organizations by following the A.A. General Service Conference-approved pamphlet, "Let's Be Friendly With Our Friends."
There is some concern within the recovering community that discussing one's addiction and path to recovery violates the tradition of anonymity in 12-step programs. However, it is possible to share your experience, strength and hope on the road to recovery without violating this important tradition.
The A.A. General Service Conference-approved pamphlet "Understanding Anonymity," states that "A.A. members may disclose their identity and speak as a person in recovery, giving radio and TV interviews, without violating the Traditions--so long as their A.A. membership is not revealed."
The brochure "Advocacy With Anonymity" provides guidance to people in long-term recovery and family members who want to speak publicly about the power of addiction recovery and advocates for policies that will make it possible for others to get the help they need.
Anonymity at the level of the media is the cornerstone principle of many twelve-step groups. Anonymity does not, however, preclude you from speaking out about your recovery or from advocating for the rights of other alcoholics and addicts, as long as you do not involve the twelve-step group by name.
The general public rarely sees the faces of individuals in recovery. By speaking out publicly about our recovery, we demonstrate that we can lead full and healthy lives in recovery - and if there is hope for so many of us, there is hope for anyone.