As a recovering addict of alcohol, I write to help myself as well as others with addiction issues. I often find myself reluctant to 'spill my guts' in a meeting, (and they'd just as soon NOT hear my poems) as I've always been soially anxious. Of course, a few drinks would cure my shyness, but that's how this whole mess started. I can't speak for AA or any 12 step program. I offer my own thoughts, poetry, and prose.