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December 2013: Alone for the holidays

Her AA friends were all leaving town, and she was miles away from home. Sponsor to the rescue!

When I was new in sobriety, the holidays downright scared me. I didn’t even know if my family was willing to speak to me. I couldn’t afford anything—not even Christmas cards. Plus all my new AA friends were flying home for the holidays. I was miles away from the ones I loved. Now came the pressure to stay sober.

Could I make it through the holiday season and stave off the horrid memories of selfishly ruining family get-togethers in the past? I began having total recall from last year’s Thanksgiving, when I was so drunk I overdosed in the living room in front of my mom and... Login to read more
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