From the December 2011 magazine.

Getting Sober

In "Sober For a Second Time," a member had to reach a new level of surrender in order to truly get sober

The holidays are often a difficult time for AAs, however, as we approach the end of the year, it's a good time to remember that a great many people come into AA for the first time in or around now. For this reason and many more, it's a season for gratitude.

In three of this week's stories, we hear about how people came to AA through the help of others. In "A Night at the Karaoke Bar," a member recounts a Twelfth Step call he went on in Akron, Ohio, the birthplace of AA. Meanwhile, in "The Alcoholic Express," a sober man finds himself telling his story to a stranger who's had to much to drink.

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