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Published November 2019.

Helping Others Survive the Holidays

Staying sober—and even enjoying yourself—during the holidays

Before I came to AA, my life was without a clear focus and lacked good orderly direction. Since coming to AA, I have adopted my favorite line in the Big Book as a guiding principle in my life. That line is found on page 77 and goes like this: “Our real purpose is to fit ourselves to be of maximum service to God and the people about us.” This principle goes against my old, negative nature, which was based on self, self, self—selfish, self-centered, self-seeking. My new, positive nature is based in my own AA experience that was brought about by applying the principles of the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions in my life in a practical way. The holiday season provides excellent opportunities to be of maximum service to God by being helpful to new people in AA.   

The holidays can be a tricky time for the newly sober. Holidays are traditionally a time for families to get together. Many AAs, especially newer members, have tension in their family relationships or may even be alienated from them. This can magnify the feeling of loneliness. Loneliness can lead to trouble. 

-- Steve H.

Minneapolis, Minn.

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