It’s often said and there are variations on the theme of a saying by Justin Kanayurak and others “Once you hit rock bottom, that’s where you perfectly stand; That’s your chance of restarting, but restarting the right way.” Others recognize that humiliation is a component of being at rock bottom. Alcoholics Anonymous and other similar organizations incorporate the recognition of a need to hit and acknowledge rock bottom as being a very real component or prerequisite for many who decide to turn their lives around.
Whatever is going on in Tiger Woods’ life, despite his wealth, he certainly appears to be standing at rock bottom. He could easily, judging from the level of impairment evidenced in the video, be sitting in a jail cell right now on manslaughter charges, his reputation ruined, perhaps dead himself or crippled and never able to return to golf. He needs to recognize the second, third or whatever number chance this is for him, and have a serious talk with himself about ending the destructive behavior.
Woods has a lot of experience with prescription pain medications so he knows what they’re capable of doing. He made a mistake getting behind the wheel but also in taking the pills. The impaired judgment permeates many facets of life and makes itself evident in various degrees. This overdose, however it took place, is likely not a mistake that he even recalls making or that he recalls broken portions of but the consequences are real. The need to face his own need for drastic change is real.
He’s been to rehab before, which was likely treated as a crutch to get him back out into the same behaviors as before, just something he had to do to appease the public. This time around he needs to be sincere and to take action for himself and his children. It’s a tough thing to do, his judgment is impaired now and getting beyond that acute situation and the denial that usually accompanies it so he can get to the decision to make that change is not an easy thing to do. But Woods doesn’t have a choice. He needs to make this incident the rock bottom that he stands on to turn his life around.
He’s a rich man but he’s lacking something that money can’t buy. Right now he’s probably very embarrassed; that’s a good thing. He needs to channel that embarrassment into a meaningful change. The intervention by these police officers prevented him from making a serious and life altering mistake that would have impacted himself and others. He can’t count on the same favorable outcome happening again. Twelve step programs work and there are other options. Doing nothing and continuing down the road to disaster can’t be one of them. It’s not a matter of judging him; it’s just the reality of where he is and what he must do.
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