Step Four – Part B

The Great Escape and the Sobriety Saboteurs

People constantly deviate from their resolution to abstain from alcohol because they have a powerful incentive: ESCAPISM. But what are they escaping from? What is this force that they are unable to contain; the force that disables their firm resolve to quit?

Underlying all occurrences of alcoholism are what I have termed the Sobriety Saboteurs; destructive forces that manifest in four guises:


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 “A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.”
Alexander Pope



A common experience for the newly sober person is a profound sense of futility – a belief that there’s nothing worth living for. When the honeymoon period subsides the world is often perceived as a desolate wasteland, bereft of meaning. This is a serious threat to sobriety and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Remember, alcoholism is an escape mechanism. When a person finds life boring and meaningless, it becomes unbearable and warrants escape. As a result, the unconscious mechanisms that propel them towards drink are easily re-activated. Research and experience has taught me that futility often gives rise to relapse (escape). Two reasons for this have become highly apparent:

  • People have identity crises and no longer know who they are.
  • People have not connected with their ultimate purpose; a purpose that fills them with passion and inspiration, commonly called ‘Life’s Purpose’.




‘We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.’

Kenji Miyazawa



 ‘What we seek we shall find; what we flee from flees from us.’

Ralph Waldo Emerson






What follows is three meditations which will help you overcome the Sobriety Saboteurs



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