Posting photos of AA mtgs kills people.
Wanna know why?
Here's the deal. I'm an addict with 71/2 years of hard-won recovery under my belt. I'm obviously not anonymous myself, which is a choice I've made. For me, being open about my recovery has been one of the best decisions I've ever made.
HOWEVER, despite the fact that I'm not anonymous, I believe strongly that anonymity is essential.
I would never share who I see there, nor what they say. Not only is it THEIR CHOICE to share their story, but if people believe that they'll be exposed, many won't even go.
When media outlets decide to override ethics & morality by printing a story/photos of a celebrity at an AA mtg, or what was said, they are ruthlessly destroying the safety people MUST feel to seek help.
We're used to being the butt of your jokes. We're used to the media breathlessly using our addictions to make money.
However, when outlets like @Radar_Online, print photos of a celebrity ( and others) at an AA meeting trying to get well, they have crossed the line and have blood on their hands.
I'm serious. I wonder how many people won't get help now, for fear of being exposed?
Addicts are NOT amusing. Addicts are NOT salacious. Addicts are NOT your entertainment.
This is an EPIDEMIC that is KILLING people.
Stop using 12 step meetings to sell stories.
I wonder how the writers, editors of these rags would like it if their addictions and fight for life was splashed everywhere?
I happen to know for a fact that PLENTY of them struggle themselves. But I wouldn't share details of that, because I'm a human being with empathy & morals.
I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore.