For some people that is. Sadly only a small percentage of us recover from the nightmare of alcoholism. It's been a long time for me and I am very grateful.
But I will never forget the pain and the guilt and the despair from those days . I don't want to . It's a memory that I keep green. Because it's a reminder of what would happen if I picked up a drink , and how blessed I am today.
And I remember the fear and worry that consumed me as my very first sober Christmas approached. I could not imagine getting through Christmas without a drink-and New Years-we used to call that amateur night.
I did make it- and the reason was that my AA friends were there for me. A constant reminder of something we tell each other all the time. "You are not alone". And so it is today.
We have a wonderful tradition for the holidays. It's called the Holiday Marathon. And it takes place in our AA clubhouse in Aberdeen.
During the next ten days our clubhouse will be open from noon to midnight. And many of us volunteer to be there for any member who needs help, or just wants to talk. Especially the new people, many of whom are young and alone , living in half way houses, and separated from there families and loved ones.
And on Christmas day there is the turkey and all of the trimmings for anyone who cares to join us.
So if you ask how AA works, the answer is simple. " Just fine thank you".
Merry Christmas everyone.