#1. SUBSTANCE ESCAPES
Drugs, Alcohol & Food

“Alcohol may be man’s worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy.”

– Frank Sinatra

It’s hard to find a single adult social event that doesn’t revolve around alcohol.

Approximately one in five people use (or abuse) prescription or recreational drugs as means of escape.

And what about food? We all have a guilty pleasure (or three) that we turn to when we’re stressed-out, overworked, or just need to blow off steam.

So the question to ask yourself is: “Do your substance habits feed you or bleed you?”

YOUR ASSIGNMENT: Make note of your behaviors with alcohol, drugs, and food in this past year. This is not a moral judgment and there is no universal right or wrong. All of these substances can be positives or extremely negative—it all depends on how they are used.

TIP: be as specific as possible. Rather than say, “I drink too much,” say, “I drink 5-7 bottles of wine per week.

5-MIN WRITING IN YOUR JOURNAL

#1. Positive substance use (past year).

#2. Negative substance use (past year).

#3. How do you want to show up in the world? (next year).


TIME KEEPER
5-Minutes to write
3-Min/person to share
Optional questions after each share
Everyone shares one takeaways after everyone has shared
RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
GESTALT |
Speak from experience only, use “I” statements instead of “you.” Speak in past tense. Avoid the “should, would, or could.” Avoid generalities, be specific.

CONFIDENTIALITY |
What happens and what is shared in EO Forum stays in EO Forum.

PHONES OFF |
Turn off your phone during sessions.

NO SPECTATORS |
Participation is mandatory, no “flies on the wall.”

OPEN UP |
For best results, embrace honestly and vulnerability.