From the December 2011 magazine.

Our Personal Stories

In "A Christmas Story," an oldtimer helps out a relapsing newcomer

Family and friends play a big part in our lives during the holiday season. Some of this week's stories focus on relationships with family members.  In "Radiant Child," a woman discusses how her son's despair over her alcoholism became the cornerstone of her sobriety. In "I Choose Not to Drink," a man recounts how a drunken fist fight with his father-in-law was the end of his drinking 35 years ago

Many of us consider other AAs to be like family. A member wrote in to tell us of a story he heard during a Christmas alcathon about a relapsing newcomer who was helped by an oldtimer. Speaking of family and fitting in, this week, we are publishing a "What's on Your Mind" story in which a member discusses the role in his sobriety of special interest groups.

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Houston's Flower Man
With the help of AA, he went from living on Skid Row to having his house highlighted on the tourist trail

Radiant Child
Her son's despair over her alcoholism became the cornerstone of her sobriety

I Choose Not to Drink
The Third Tradition's concept of a desire to stop drinking kept him sober one day at a time for 35 years

A Christmas Story
An oldtimer helps out a newcomer who relasped during the holidays

What's On Your Mind
A member discusses the Traditions and special interest groups