In The Rooms

I discovered recently that there is an online Anonymous community that you can join called In The Rooms.  It is a global recovery community that includes all the fellowships of Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, Alanon and many many more.  You can attend online video meetings or  you can find a non virtual meeting local to you.  There is lots of content on the site including daily meditations.

Up until last week I had not attended an AA meeting but had been turning the idea over in my head for a good few months as some of my fellow sober bloggers swear by it and I was looking to make friends locally and non virtually to help my sober journey moving forward.  If you aren’t sure about AA and are looking to dip your toe in the water then In The Rooms is a great place to start.  I will share my feelings about my meeting experience in another post.

I know that anonymity is a key part of the Anonymous belief system so hope I haven’t done wrong by posting this up and if people have any experience of In The Rooms that they would like to share then please do 🙂

85 days to go

 

13 thoughts on “In The Rooms

  1. I don’t think sharing information about a 12 step meeting’s existence could be considered a break of anonymity. I didn’t know that site existed, so good to know! I went to meetings for a long time and never fully understood anonymity. My basic understanding is if I attend 12-step meetings, I am not supposed to name which one specifically outside “the rooms” but I can say I attend ‘recovery meetings’. Attendees are not supposed to out anyone else they see at a meeting (kind of a no brainer) nor repeat things heard during a meeting. The last part is trickier, as plenty of times I’ve heard or read secondhand insight shared during a meeting that wasn’t attributed specifically to anyone. In this case, it would seem that passing along information is more important than a to-the-letter ban. Anonymity is an old tradition, established so people would feel safe at meetings. They also need to know they exist in the first place.

    1. Thanks Kristen for the clarification. I knew one of your sober superstars would know the answer! 🙂

  2. You’re fine with the anonymity, Lucy! It’s when we start to mention other people’s names outside of meetings or when we “bust” someone accidentally outside a meeting where things get dicey. If one wants to break their own anonymity, that is their choice. The idea is that we don’t come off as a spokesperson for AA. Humility is part of anonymity. Online anonymity is a bit dodgy, as the language used in AA’s take on it is a bit antiquated and not up to the times. When I go on Twitter and some of the blogs here, there are many who use their face and/or name and mention they are in AA or NA , etc. I don’t see it as a big deal, hence my back-and-forth on breaking my anonymity online.

    As for In the Rooms, I have heard of them for some time now, but I haven’t tried it. I am already attached to one recovery forum (Sober Recovery) and that’s good enough for me (along with the blogging community). I was a part of another board, but it was too toxic and I spent too much time there. What I have is enough 🙂

    Thanks for sharing – I know it’s going to help someone!

    Paul

    1. Hi Paul Phew!! I was planning on talking about my feelings about the recovery meeting not what was specifically shared within in – so I guess I’m okay to do that 🙂

  3. Hi Lucy! I am glad you’re checking it out, look me up, I am MagzShores. I like the community and ability to chat with people. The meetings are ok too. Just remember that In the rooms is not affiliated with AA, or part of any A, or approved by AA. AA has online meetings at http://www.e-aa.org

    Can wait to read about your meeting, I hope you enjoy it!

    1. Hi Maggie. Gosh I didn’t know it wasn’t affiliated or approved of by AA. Sorry an assumption on my part and thanks for the link to the approved AA online meetings! 🙂

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