The December Issue of Grapevine Is Here

This month's special section features stories about how AAs stay sober and do service during the holiday season

The holidays are a time for laughter, joy and fellowship. But they also can be stressful for alcoholics. Thanks to AA, we have ways to help us navigate parties and family gatherings—tools to help us with our loneliness, to help lower our expectations and remind us to reach out to others. This month... Read more

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Found in the Heart

As long as she considered alcohol her best friend it was hard to truly want to stop drinking

I had been bouncing in and out of the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous for eight years when I got my third DUI. Until then, meetings were very important to me after a frightening blackout, a lost relationship or humiliating event. But after a few short days, the raging compulsion to drink would return... Read more

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A New Kind of Love

In sobriety, she learned how to love herself and others

I'm sitting at the base of Greylock Mountain, in Atlanta, Idaho. It's very quiet and I have the gift of this opportunity to contemplate. Soon, I will have my three-year sobriety birthday. It doesn't sound like long, but it's not been easy for me. I am one who has had to work at it. It took lots of... Read more


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“After several years of regular attendance at an Eleventh Step study, a simple meditation came to me that I think of as the ‘alcoholic's meditation.’ With each in-breath, I think, Welcome. With each out-breath, I think, Thank you. That leaves me fluctuating between acceptance and gratitude, which I recognize as two of the integral principles of Alcoholics Anonymous.’”

Wrightwood, Calif., November 2010
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