Changing the game, but not the player

We often switch the game without changing our motivation.

Example: We drink until we are out of control, allowing us to lose inhibition and seek attention. We then get sober to stay in power. Feeling empowered, we start to moralize.

The new game comes with new power and accolades from society, from which we can get more attention.

Are we better off? Absolutely.
Have we addressed the primal driver? No.
What happens next? We find yet another game.