Step Two

Having crossed the Abreactive Threshold, we need to abandon the idea that alcohol provided a means of escape and supplant it with the following belief:
The most effective way to escape our problems is to solve them

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“Turn your wounds into wisdom.”
Oprah Winfrey

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“It is never too late to be who you might have
been.”
George Eliot

 

Crossing the Invisible Line

People often say ‘I’ve crossed the invisible line’ to describe their demise into alcoholism; but what exactly are they referring to?

Habitual abuse of alcohol leads to greater tolerance. As tolerance increases, the harder it becomes to attain respite from the persecutory thoughts that warrant escape. The feelings of liberation, relaxation, peace, omnipotence, ecstasy and euphoria once attained through alcohol are lost forever.

The objective of alcohol abuse is to get out of your mind; a statement that highlights the real problem: an urgent need to escape the chaotic contents of your psyche. Many individuals misguidedly move house, change jobs, go on holiday, and embark on new relationships in an attempt to escape their troubles, but they forget: they take their heads with them. Diversions such as these are futile: problems located in the mind have a tendency to follow people wherever they go!  When their distractive ploys fail, they seek asylum in alcohol. Initially, it appears to work; their troubles magically abate. The seductive trap has been set and their drinking escalates. But alcohol hasn’t alleviated anything; it has simply suppressed the troublesome contents of their mind – hidden them out of sight.

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Alcohol is a mind altering drug. Consequently, it is capable of changing a mild-mannered, honourable person into an unpredictable, aggressive menace.

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