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Topic: Holidays
I almost died and I know it, Mom. I want to live a little.” My son spoke these words to me one morning when I was struggling to get out from under a hangover. My son had nearly been killed in a...
An AA uses the tools of the program to stay sober while traveling with work colleagues
During my drinking days and early recovery I loved to travel. However, I had not ventured further than a day trip from home since my husband had become seriously ill on our last trip five years ago....
His sobriety began when he was served with divorce papers while at a detox
I'm coming up on a year now and I will tell you, it has been fun. I've heard a lot of people on annual birthday nights say, "This has been a real hard year for me!" And maybe it has, but for me it...
A special note from Bill W. to remember our Twelve Traditions on the holidays
The idea is in the air that AA might adopt Thanksgiving Week as a time for meetings and meditation on the Tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous. The friend who hatched this notion tells you—on another...
It took a long time for her to realize that she belonged in the picture too
When I was drinking, I polished myself up on holidays to go home and participate in the perfect family postcard, but always felt I was the imposter. I knew how to play the postcard game, because the...
There was a saying in rehab that “Our secrets keep us sick.” For the most part, I came to agree. But I was still quite nervous when I decided to “out” myself at what had become my AA home group. It’s...
Since no acquaintances had invited me to share their Thanksgiving dinner, I bought myself a barbecued chicken on Wednesday afternoon. “Tomorrow I may be a bit lonely, but I certainly won’t be hungry...
Good news: No matter which holiday you celebrate—it's only 24 hours long!
It never seems to fail that when November rolls around there’s a struggling newcomer in our group who asks at a closed meeting: “But how am I to get through the holidays?” The answer from old-timers...
Our co-founder Bill W. reminds us of our incredible gifts
We not only feel grateful, we say so with the joy of prisoners set free. We thank God for his light whereby we now see; and for the gift of his grace by which we breathe and live in a wondrous new...
Thanksgiving is a treacherous time for many of us alcoholics. It begins the holiday season and, particularly for the newcomer, resurrects memories of embarrassing behavior. But as sobriety progresses...

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