From the December 2012 magazine.

December 2012: Let the Ball Drop!

How one sober alcoholic learned to have a blast on the final night of the year

"New Year’s Eve is amateur night” is one saying I always seem to hear around the holidays. Whether it’s actually true or not remains to be seen. One thing I’m certain about is it used to always be a tough time for me to stay sober. When I was first trying to get sober, I could never seem to get through one without picking up.

One New Year’s Eve when I was in a halfway house, we were forced to go to a sober dance. I felt absolutely miserable until some of my friends convinced me to go out on the dance floor. I couldn’t believe I was having fun sober. Even my face hurt...

-- Bill D.

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

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