From the November 2012 magazine.

November 2012: 20 Glorious Thanksgivings

How AA stopped those drunken, lonely holidays and taught him to show up for life

I opened my eyes and looked around. Oh God, here I was again on the couch. What time was it anyway? My family had left without me. Damn! Oh man, I really screwed up this time. What the hell was I going to do? It was Thanksgiving morning and the loneliness was overwhelming. As I lay on the couch I finally realized that the common denominator to all my problems was alcohol.

Looking back on it, who would have thought that I would be sitting here right now, sober, happy and very grateful to be me. It sure has been a long journey. Early sobriety for me had all the struggles I could handle. I did not sober up for me; I sobered up to save my marriage. I didn’t want my kids to come from a broken home. But three months after I got sober my wife left, taking the kids, and three months or so after that, I received divorce papers. And you all kept telling me, “Keep coming back; it gets better.” It sure didn’t feel like it. But it didn’t take long before I began to realize AA was right where I needed to be.

-- Rick S.

Pleasant Gap, Pennsylvania

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