December 2015 Table of Contents

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On the Cover: Sober Holidays

The Big Three!
She was excited to get her 30 days, but how was she ever going to face the upcoming holiday season?

Desperate on New Year’s Eve
There he sat, all alone feeling sorry for himself ... would he drink? Or would he reach out?

Related: Not the Day to Be in Jail

The Best Present in Years
For a guy who takes meetings into prison, what happened on Christmas day was such a gift

Related: 6 Magic Words

Feeling Blue
December can be tough for some alcoholics. One member hopes his fellows understand

Warm Shares, Warm Hearts
Two men do what we do when an AA meeting gets canceled on a snowy Christmas Eve

Steps and Traditions
Home, But Not Alone
Can someone get sober without a home group, a coffee commitment or a 90 in 90? Two alcoholics in Kentucky find out

Related: Who's Gonna Drive You Home?

Did You Hear About Sally?
A coworker showing up at his AA meeting opens the door to concerns about anonymity

Our Personal Stories
This Time, It’s for Me
After years of Al-Anon, how could she have not recognized her own alcoholism?

My Buddy Valdez
He lost his sight, but gained a great friend and a program that saved his life

So We Danced
After years of dryness he couldn’t listen—until he got in step with the right guy

Frog Cottage
The gift he gave to his good friend had her leaping to strengthen her faith

Related: Behind a Locked Door

50 Years Out of the Ring
An old-timer remembers back to 1965, when she stopped fighting and hung up the gloves for good

Related: Getting Back on the Plane

Call the Plumber
He and his grandmother both had bad leaks—she needed the hardware store, he needed AA

Into Action
A New Adventure
One letter at a time, she gets to explore sobriety with AAs all over the world

Emotional Sobriety
A Dozen Pieces of Acceptance
For one man, lessons to let go came wrapped as a New Year’s Gift

In Every Issue
At Wit’s End
Alcoholism at Large