Reflection on Scott McLane and Rich Stockwell

Looking back on Scott McLane’s talk, one trait stands out about him: honest. He shared details about his past of addiction and his grievances about the treatment available for anyone addicted. Rich Stockwell shared emotions that were just as raw. He told the class he had two telephone poles along his daily commute to run into at 80 mph, saying he thought his wife and kids would be better off without him.

From their talk, the biggest question I’m left with is the tradition of anonymity in fellowships like AA, which they both mentioned they were a part of. How enforced is this tradition? Is it damaging or counterintuitive to demand that members don’t mention what fellowship they’re a part of? I think this topic is something that could be explored and is still relevant to people in the recovery community.

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Grace Shallow

Grace Shallow is a sophomore journalism student at Temple University in Philadelphia. On paper, she is the deputy features editor for The Temple News, an intern for WHYY’s PlanPhilly and a contributor for the Spirit News with previous work at her hometown’s paper, Cinn City News. Contact Grace at

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By Grace Shallow