From the December 2012 magazine.

December 2012: I made it!

A newcomer gets through his first holiday—just by the skin of his teeth

The holiday season can be tough on recovering alcoholics. When I was in the grip of addiction, the party would begin in November and last through January. “Eat, drink and be merry” were words to live by. Since many normal people are also drinking to excess, alcoholics can indulge at times of the day and in places that would be frowned upon the rest of the year. I used to get away with outrageous conduct because many “normal people” were acting silly too. I’d start before the party began and continue long after most others had had enough.

Thanksgiving was a very troublesome holiday for me—four days of non-stop drinking. More if I quit work early and started celebrating on Wednesday afternoon. There were years I could not remember what had transpired between Thursday and Sunday or what had been served at the Thanksgiving table.

-- Butch R.

Corpus Christi, Texas

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