From the December 2014 magazine.

Not My Holiday

I was always haunted by memories of past holidays. I would avoid places where they played Christmas music. Sometimes I'd ignore my feelings and instead throw myself into Christmas music and decorations, only to fall into a deep depression after a few weeks. "Oh, not again!" I'd say. "Didn't I do this last year?"

A few years ago I found the answer of how to deal with this time of year, and it was a similar one that our co-founders discovered. I realized that I wasn't the only one who got depressed, and I started looking for ways to help my fellow alcoholics have an easier time getting through December. Imagine that, thinking of someone besides me!

-- Elizabeth E.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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