From the December 2018 magazine.

Letter from the Editor

December can be a joyous time of year, but it also can be stressful for  alcoholics—especially if you’re newly sober. Luckily, the love and the fellowship in AA rooms heighten this time of year. It’s a special time in AA when we can reach out and help each other.  This month’s special section features inspiring sober holiday stories, as well as a few touching remote community articles.  

In the story “28 Hours Straight,” a member having a rough year remembers how there’s nothing like a good AA “alkathon” to keep him sane, sober and useful during the holidays. An old makeshift tree on brown paper reminds one sober dad about the most important things in life in the story  “The Best Gift.” In “A Special Bond,” a woman in Texas tells how she finds hope by writing women members in prison this time of year. And in the remote community story “Tank Buddies,” two Army soldiers, far from home, and in the field for weeks, find they have a second mission—help each other stay sober.

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