Although you do not have to talk at any AA meeting, you should share at some point. By sharing problems you encounter while working on the 12-Steps and striving to lead a sober life, other members can offer you suggestions or new perspective. By not sharing, you run the risk of not seeing other perspectives. If you are having a difficult time or you are on the verge of relapse, lack of perspective could fuel denial.
The simple act of talking out loud about difficult subjects can be cathartic. Many people feel better after having a chance to vent or unload in a safe space. Sometimes you have to let it out before you can figure it out.
Sharing builds community. Even if you attend every AA meeting, if you never share, you may never truly feel like part of the community or reap the benefits of membership.
By sharing you may also help others. One of the greatest feelings in life is realizing that you aren’t alone, that your experience is a shared experience. It validates your feelings. By sharing your story, someone else who is struggling may realize that he or she isn’t alone.