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Welcome to Sobriety Freedom

Welcome to Sobriety Freedom

Hello World of Recovery.  I’m Ronnie Earl. I’m an alcoholic. This website is meant to celebrate the freedom found in sobriety and to explore tools for recovery from alcoholism. I have found new freedom and new happiness, as was promised. When I was a kid, I watched the the children’s television show Electric Company. If memory serves me well, there was a skit about a detective who was supposed to be like Kojak. He talked about Who, What, Where, When, and Why (and…

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Low Sodium & Vegetarian Manifesto

Low Sodium & Vegetarian Manifesto

Low Sodium AND Vegetarian? I’ve been a vegetarian for over 20 years. Last year, out of necessity, I started cooking low sodium vegetarian meals. It was a shock at first, having worked as a professional culinarian. I must say that it’s not so bad. I have to read nutrition labels, and I now know which foods and products tend to have the most salt. If, for whatever reason, you need to start cooking with less or no added salt, I…

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Step 9: Making Amends

Step 9: Making Amends

A Twelve-step program is a set of guiding principles outlining a course of action for recovery from addiction, compulsion, or other behavioral problems. I will share my experiences with each step as a resource for newcomers to the program. It is HIGHLY ADVISABLE that you work through the steps with a sponsor! Step Nine reads: Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. A Giant Step I decided to get sober in early May…

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One Bite At A Time - Part Four

My Story (Speaker Meeting Style)

One Bite At A Time - Part Four

My Story (Speaker Meeting Style)

In my 12-step home group, we have a speaker meeting every Wednesday. I was asked to share my story for the first time in May of 2017. Regrettably, I focused primarily about my drinking days. I didn’t really talk much about sobriety and wellness. Today, I will try to recount my story and include more about the 12 Steps and my recovery. One popular baseline format for sharing your story at a speaker meeting is the following: What it was like…

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Step 8: The List

Step 8: The List

A Twelve-step program is a set of guiding principles outlining a course of action for recovery from addiction, compulsion, or other behavioral problems. I will share my experiences with each step as a resource for newcomers to the program. It is HIGHLY ADVISABLE that you work through the steps with a sponsor! Step Eight reads: Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. The List of All Persons We Had Harmed Why…

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Step 7: Humility and Good Intentions

Step 7: Humility and Good Intentions

A 12-step program is a set of guiding principles outlining a course of action for recovery from addiction, compulsion, or other behavioral problems. I will share my experiences with each step as a resource for newcomers to the program. It is HIGHLY ADVISABLE that you work through the steps with a sponsor! Step 7 reads: Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings. Higher Power Revisited In Step Two we acknowledge there is a power greater than our individual self. This higher power might…

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Step 6: Ready and Willing

Step 6: Ready and Willing

A 12-step program is a set of guiding principles outlining a course of action for recovery from addiction, compulsion, or other behavioral problems. I will share my experiences with each step as a resource for newcomers to the program. It is HIGHLY ADVISABLE that you work through the steps with a sponsor! Step 6 reads: Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. My Defects of Character As I have worked the 12 steps, it has become abundantly clear…

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Step 5: Sharing Our Life Story

Step 5: Sharing Our Life Story

A 12-step program is a set of guiding principles outlining a course of action for recovery from addiction, compulsion, or other behavioral problems. I will share my experiences with each step as a resource for newcomers to the program. It is HIGHLY ADVISABLE that you work through the steps with a sponsor! Step 5 reads: Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. The fourth step, creating our inventory, follows directly into the fifth step. Simply…

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One Bite At A Time - Part Three

The Tussinauts: My Journey With Cough Syrup

One Bite At A Time - Part Three

The Tussinauts: My Journey With Cough Syrup

A teacher once asked “How do you eat an elephant?” After getting answers like “KC Masterpiece” and “very slowly”, he answered with “One bite at a time”.  I will share my story one ‘bite’ at a time. ‘Am I A Real Alcoholic?’ is the third installment of the One Bite at a Time Series.   One of the first mind-altering drugs that I experimented with was cough syrup. Not just any cough syrup. It had to be the kind with dextromethorphan hydrobromide,…

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Taoism in Recovery

Taoism in Recovery

Taoism and recovery from addiction are like peas in a pod. When I began doing the 12 steps with my sponsor, I became fixated on the idea that I needed to define my higher power in order to believe in it. The closest thing that I have found to a higher power that I can really get behind is the Tao.  Many years ago in college, I read some books on Taoism, but it didn’t really sync in until I began the…

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Refuge Recovery

Refuge Recovery

Here is my first suggestion for those interested in recovery from addiction and Buddhism. It’s a recovery community called Refuge Recovery: http://www.refugerecovery.org/ This is from the About section of the website: Refuge Recovery: Is a mindfulness-based addiction recovery community that practices and utilizes Buddhist philosophy as the foundation of the recovery process. Drawing inspiration from the core teachings of the Four Noble Truths, emphasis is placed on both knowledge and empathy as a means for overcoming addiction and its causes. Those…

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Step 4: Inventory

Step 4: Inventory

A 12-step program is a set of guiding principles outlining a course of action for recovery from addiction, compulsion, or other behavioral problems. I will share my experiences with each step as a resource for newcomers to the program. It is HIGHLY ADVISABLE that you work through the steps with a sponsor! Step 4 reads: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. Before I share my experience with the moral inventory, I must say something of great importance. If you are…

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Yoga and Recovery

Yoga and Recovery

In my own recovery, I tend to embrace whatever the world has to offer to help me stop drinking. Since I am an active member of a 12-step group, I try very hard not to misrepresent its principles and to respect its traditions. If you have a desire to quit drinking, the first thing that I will recommend is to go to a 12-step meeting. That being said, I would encourage you to make an attempt to incorporate yoga, or some other program of physical…

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