December 2015 Table of Contents
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
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
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
A New Adventure
One letter at a time, she gets to explore sobriety with AAs all over the world
A Dozen Pieces of Acceptance
For one man, lessons to let go came wrapped as a New Year’s Gift
- Personal Stories
AA's tales of recovery
Tragedy in the Night
- Twelve Traditions
AA's guiding principles
Behind the Scenes
- Twelve Steps
AA's blueprint for sobriety
The Road from Reno
New to AA? Find sober support
Like a Duckling
Get a dose of Higher Power here
A River Runs Through It
They've experienced it all ... sober
What's My Secret?