One thing I disagree with is that men in recovery should talk primarily to men, and women to women. I think it’s an old-fashioned idea, and one that makes me uncomfortable. Surely, if recovery can be seen as a shared experience, the gender of the person you are talking to shouldn’t be so important? I’m female, and find men easier to talk to. And it isn’t because I can “manipulate” them, or make them feel protective of me. It’s just how I am. I value my male friends in recovery and don’t see how their stories and attitudes can be that radically different to my own.
Please comment to set me straight if I’m wrong.