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What happens if I see people I know at aa?
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Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Say hello
They are there for same reason as you, to help treat their disease of alcoholism, they are very likely thinking same thing as you, very common fear. Niether one of you would want someone else to know.
Quite possibly you will form a great bond with that person. It's does happen you're not the only one you know with the disease.

In brief: Say hello
They are there for same reason as you, to help treat their disease of alcoholism, they are very likely thinking same thing as you, very common fear. Niether one of you would want someone else to know.
Quite possibly you will form a great bond with that person. It's does happen you're not the only one you know with the disease.
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Dr. Jeff Blixt
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Happens all the time
Depends on who you are and who they are.
It can be embarassing, and many people choose to go to meetings at a distance from home where they are less likely to run into people they know. If you are embarassed by being there, they are likely embarassed too. However, there is nothing to be embarassed about in getting help. What happens at a meeting is supposed to stay at a meeting.

In brief: Happens all the time
Depends on who you are and who they are.
It can be embarassing, and many people choose to go to meetings at a distance from home where they are less likely to run into people they know. If you are embarassed by being there, they are likely embarassed too. However, there is nothing to be embarassed about in getting help. What happens at a meeting is supposed to stay at a meeting.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
In brief: If it feels akward
I suggest acknowledging them. That way your possibly mutual discomfort doesn't become the elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about.
Every one is there for the same reason, as humbling as it may be. Take care.

In brief: If it feels akward
I suggest acknowledging them. That way your possibly mutual discomfort doesn't become the elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about.
Every one is there for the same reason, as humbling as it may be. Take care.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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