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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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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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On the Level of Press

12-Step Group Anonymity

On the Level of Press

12-Step Group Anonymity

My 12 Step Group Experience In early March 2017, I will have been sober for 10 months. Before I attended 12 step meetings, I tried in vain to quit and/or moderate drinking. With the Steps, I now live a sober life, but more importantly I think I am becoming a better person. If you or someone you love has a desire to stop drinking, I highly recommend going to a meeting and speaking directly with other alcoholics. Since May 2016, I have been working…

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Now Be Here

Now Be Here

Ancient Wisdom Some things bear repeating. Important ideas are recycled in online circles and in church basements with frequency. Little bits of wisdom take different forms but some are essentially grounded in the same idea. One such piece of wisdom is the idea of living in the moment. This idea spans the globe and permeates through different cultures. It is passed down through generations. It’s everywhere. It lives in our languages and in our subconscious minds. The modern idea that we refer to as…

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Step 3: Decision

Step 3: Decision

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 3 reads: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God. Assuming that you have come to believe in…

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Live Beneath Your Means

From a Quaker Newsletter

Live Beneath Your Means

From a Quaker Newsletter

On a daily basis, I like to be reminded about how to live. This quotation is something I came across today on social media. Normally, I don’t like getting inundated with memes and quotes. However, this one struck a chord. It is interesting how much wisdom crosses over across time periods, cultures and schools of thought. This nugget from a Quaker newsletter might as well have appeared in the AA Grapevine. Time and time again, I am reminded to be…

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Living With Less

An Alcoholic’s Perspective on Minimalism

Living With Less

An Alcoholic’s Perspective on Minimalism

As a society, we have an insatiable appetite for more stuff. It seems that we are trying to fill a void in our lives with excessive consumerism. Our consumer society is driven by mass production of things we really don’t need. As a result, we have environmental problems and insanity. The desire for more and more is driven by marketing, media and advertising. These institutions perpetuate an illusion that by buying certain products, we will be a better version of ourselves. The truth is that…

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