I'm a recovering alcoholic of 6 years and have found it excruciating trying to attend meetings. I can't socialize or speak do to social anxiety which I've had since I was 25. I am now 58 years old. I'm on the precipice of quitting alcoholics anonymous. But I am completely friendless due to social anxiety disorder. Also, many in the drug and alcohol recovery community don't believe that social anxiety disorder is a thing. I've been told time and again by people that they have what I have and they got over it. It's frustrating me that alcoholics and addicts find recovery and solace with each other because normal people don't understand and think they should just be able to quit. Yet since they don't have the affliction I do they think I should just be able to quit. It ****ing pisses me off. Yet I love some of the members of these groups. I've been saying goodbye in text today. It is very hard. Is any of this relatable to anyone?