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Topic: Holidays
How AA stopped those drunken, lonely holidays and taught him to show up for life
I opened my eyes and looked around. Oh God, here I was again on the couch. What time was it anyway? My family had left without me. Damn! Oh man, I really screwed up this time. What the hell was I...
As Thanksgiving nears, a group of men who have each others’ backs share their sadness and joy
It was around 7:30 a.m. on a cold Saturday morning just two weeks prior to Thanksgiving. I wanted to go inside, get a cup of coffee, and talk to the guys just as I normally do prior to the 8:00 a.m....
Members in Virginia celebrate the holidays with songs and music from the heart
I lean against the 100-year-old brick building in downtown Roanoke, Va., at 530 Luck Avenue, several days before Thanksgiving, sipping steaming coffee and warming my hands around a ceramic travel cup...
A newcomer gets through his first holiday—just by the skin of his teeth
The holiday season can be tough on recovering alcoholics. When I was in the grip of addiction, the party would begin in November and last through January. “Eat, drink and be merry” were words to live...
Birthday boy gets a big surprise at his first sober yuletide event
When I got to AA in San Francisco in June of 1981, I remember thinking, I sure better do it now, because Christmas is in six months and there’s no way I’ll sober up then! My natal birthday is also in...
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...
Another alcoholic was found dead yesterday, emaciated and slumped over the side of his chair in his living room. I knew him; he used to serve me drinks at my favorite watering hole. We had mutual...
Alone on Christmas Eve, a newcomer makes a risky deal with God
I first got through the doors of AA the way that I’m sure many of our members did. My spouse gave me an ultimatum: “Stop drinking, or I’m going to leave you.” So it came as a big surprise when, after...
Just before the holiday season, I had surgery and was on bed rest after unexpected complications. I was in a lot of physical pain and could not move around comfortably. I found myself stuck with my...
Grief-stricken and bereft, I sat alone in the darkened sanctuary for that Christmas Eve service. I'd come into the church hoping that somehow my spirit would be lifted when it came time for the usher...

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