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.”
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.’
‘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