I got sober in AA and credit it as a major tool in putting me on the path to a better life. I hit six years April 8th 2013. I had a lot of other issues but until I got the primary destructive addictions under control, it was impossible to address them. AA helped me do this.
I am also aware of the eleventh tradition about anonymity. I however, believe that no one has the right to tell me how I handle my own program. If I want to out myself for whatever reason, or no reason at all, that is my right. There are those in AA who disagree with me. They believe that we should tell no one unless asked. That’s their right. Every time I write about my sobriety, I get angry emails and comments from those who take the that position. Reasonable people can disagree. One thing I think we all agree on however, is that NO ONE (except Radar Online) has the right to take away someone’s anonymity. To out someone for financial exploitation gain to a tabloid is is especially despicable. There can also be consequences. It could affect employment offers and bonding rates to hire him for a film.
This is what was done to actor Jason Segel by RadarOnline and whoever their “source” was. If Jason want’s to out himself as someone who attends Alcoholics Anonymous, that is his right, but to out him publicly is outrageous. I can’t say that I am surprised. We live in a tabloid culture in which there are no privacy barriers. Where all potentially embarrassing information is broken down to a dollar value, even at the expense of the mental health of those who want nothing more than to free themselves from addiction. I could go into a long rant on this but I will just say, shame on Radar Online and shame on the person who either was in the meeting and outed him, or followed him for the purpose of outing him. You are lower than low.