I was having a conversation with a friend (more of an argument, really) a couple of nights ago about my participation here. He knows that some of my attempts to discuss my problems with addiction here haven't gone so well, and he was trying to convince me that continuing to share my problems in the open forum is a bad idea. I think he was right.
Just like anywhere else, there are givers and takers here. Some come here and take more in terms of knowledge and support than they provide, and some end up in the role of providing advice while remaining silent about their problems. I think that things will go more smoothly for me here if I accept the latter role.
It's a tough pill to swallow--the knowledge that not all types of problems and not all types of people will receive the same support--but sometimes notions of egalitarianism are more harmful than helpful.