That is great news and huge progress in your life. If we don't communicate our needs nobody will ever know. This is a big change from sitting in isolation, holding it in. My recovery has made me much more confident and has given me my self-esteem back. Reaching-out and trying to help ourselves and others is a later step in ongoing recovery. Glad to hear of your progress.
Alone we can't, together we can,
"We stay here, we die here. We've got to keep moving". Trucker Mark