Before we were sober we didn't have to tell people we were alcoholic. Our actions showed it.Sounds a lot like James of New Testament biblical fame.
Now that we are in recovery we don't have to tell people we are in recovery. Our actions show it.
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.(Jame 2: 14-17)Perhaps there really is nothing new under the sun.
Recovery if it is not lived is heading for a relapse.Makes a lot of sense.