Mar 21

From Rock Bottom, the Only Way is Up

Rock BottomSometimes it seems we have to hit rock bottom before we finally accept that we need to change.

The loss of a job, a relationship, a financial or health crisis, or even problems with the law can be the triggers which shock us into taking action, when we finally realise that we have run out of choices in our lives.

But sadly the thought of such a prospect happening to us, even if the prospect is fast becoming a reality, rarely has the impact to significantly alter our behaviour as we either deny, or minimise the true impact that our drinking is having on our lives.

We may resort to such tactics as trying to cut down for a while, changing what we drink, or changing who we hang out with, but ultimately we continue to head in the same direction, which is downwards.

Just as Newton’s first law of motion states that “… an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force”, so it is with the drinker and his or her drinking behaviour.

Self Development guru Brian Tracy calls this tendency “Homoeostasis”, and it can be one of the biggest challenges we face when trying to change any behaviour, particularly an addictive behaviour. Homoeostasis keeps us looking inwards on ourselves, repeating the same habits, and ultimately this drains us of energy and saps our motivation and passion for life.

Of course, when we reach rock bottom, whatever that may mean for each individual, there is then only one direction left in which to travel – the alternative being to stay at the bottom.

But before we reach that point, regardless of how hopeless things may feel at the time, it is important to realise that we still have a choice. However, it is also important to realise that ultimately, to change is a choice we either embrace while we can or have thrust upon us.


“It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful.”

– Alan Cohen




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