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 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.

*This post was edited in January 2019 to remove the last name of one of the guest speakers at his request.