I am a recovering alcoholic!!!! There, I just shared with the whole world. And sharing my experiences, both bad and good , is the backbone of how I stay sober. Experience is an education that no college on earth can teach. No academic degree can say," I've been right where you're at". And if sharing with the world keeps some people from going thru things they don't have to, that makes me feel pretty darn good. I am proud of my recovery and no longer ashamed of my disease.
This can apply to anything. Not just addictions. The rewards for seeing another grow by our sharing, is beyond our comprehension. It's all said in the paradox, " You gotta give it away to keep it".