Anonymity helps to protect the privacy of people in recovery.
While recovery is generally viewed as a proud aspect of an individual’s life, they may not want to talk about it with everyone, especially those outside of recovery. This is especially true for people who are new in their recovery. Those early in their recovery have adopted a new identity for themselves and may not be comfortable discussing it outside of a confidential, anonymous environment.
Unfortunately, there is still stigma surrounding being in recovery. The general public doesn’t fully understand what it means to be in recovery and can be judgmental.
Anonymity is also important because no one person should be the “poster child” for recovery. There are many faces, styles and facets of recovery.