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Step 12: Pass It On

Step 12: Pass It On

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 Twelve reads: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.  A man…

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One Bite At A Time - Part 5

2 Years: How I Did It

One Bite At A Time - Part 5

2 Years: How I Did It

On May 9th, I will be celebrating my 2nd anniversary of sobriety. How did I do it? Resolve & Purpose When I first became sober two years ago, I was unsure how I was going to accomplish abstinence. I did not need medical intervention, but I was struggling with controlling alcohol. Rehab and extended treatment were going to be a last resort. I decided to give this “AA thing” a shot and to supplement that with individual counseling. One thing…

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Step 11: Conscious Contact

Step 11: Conscious Contact

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 Eleven reads: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry…

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Step 10: Daily Inventory

Step 10: Daily Inventory

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 Ten reads: Continue to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong promptly admitted it. At this point in working the Twelve Steps, it starts to feel like they have transformed…

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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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