You definitely came to the right place. I've been a recovering alcoholic for over 3 years now, and along with that comes the big book, working the 12 steps, and going to meetings.
However, it wasn't until I joined Hubpages a few months ago that I was truly able to start feeling some of the everyday pressure (that goes along with being an addict) diminishing.
Every time I write a new hub (regardless of the subject) I find myself feeling stronger, and much more content with my life. This is something that has also become obvious to the people I am close to. I have found that my relationships with everyone in my life are changing for the better.
As far as obtaining fans, the best thing you can do is keep writing new hubs, follow and post in the forums (that's a big one), and take an interest in other people's hubs.
You're off to a good start by just having the courage to put yourself out there. If you're able to do that, there's no telling how far you can go with your writing.
Your new friend and fellow hubber, Wendi