Listen, I’m no doctor. I can’t stand AA and the 12 step programs. I don’t really know what I’m doing here other than trying to form some kind of recovery community for queer people who haven’t been able to find it elsewhere. The 12 step programs are NOT trauma informed and I feel like the steps personally disempowered me, and that many of the meetings are heteronormative and not safe spaces. There are other groups out there; what I’m trying to create is an open dialogue that doesn’t have a dogma attached to it. I don’t recommend this if you are newly clean/sober. I couldn’t have gotten clean without treatment and meetings, but I’ve found that can’t keep me in recovery either. Ultimately I’m seeking the community aspect of recovery without the bullshit, and with safe people, through a trauma informed and queer identified perspective.