#38 - The Truth About “Playing It Forward”

In this episode of Midlife AF, host Emma Gilmour explores the common tactic of "playing it forward" in sobriety circles and questions its long-term effectiveness for achieving alcohol freedom. She shares her personal struggles as a parent of a neurodiverse child and highlights the societal pressures that contribute to exhaustion and burnout.

Emma advocates for a shift in mindset away from using alcohol as an escape and towards embracing and listening to our own needs. She also discusses the importance of understanding the role of cravings and offers alternative approaches to address them.


Key takeaways:


  • The "playing it forward" tactic can be helpful in the early stages of sobriety, but it may not lead to long-term alcohol freedom.
  • Willpower and pushing through exhaustion or distress often do more harm than good.
  • Escaping ourselves through alcohol only perpetuates suppression and abandonment of our true selves.
  • Listening to and acknowledging our needs is crucial for personal growth and breaking free from the cycle of alcohol fixation.
  • Cravings are signals that need to be addressed and understood rather than suppressed or avoided.
  • Repurposing the "wine saviour" to listen to and validate our emotions can be a healthier alternative to using alcohol as an escape.

Join Emma as she challenges the notion of escaping oneself and empowers midlife women to reclaim their potential.



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