Rock bottom is simply whatever it takes to make someone emotionally ready to seek recovery. Hitting your rock bottom is different for everyone. For some addicts, once you’ve become homeless, or shunned by family members, is the deepest low you can achieve. Your rock bottom can be emotional and physical. There are many variables but one factor usually stays the same, once you’ve hit your rock bottom in addition, you’re often ready to ask for help and get better.
Hitting rock bottom can mean different things to different people: one person finds rock bottom when alcohol or drugs—or a combination of both—takes them to jail and homelessness; another can find rock bottom as a functioning professional, and yet another might be a stay-at-home mom drinking a bottle of wine each day to cope.
There is no comparing bottoms—they might differ in how dramatic or severe they appear, but ultimately it boils down to being “sick and tired of being sick and tired.”
Hitting Rock Bottom and Getting Help
One way of looking at hitting rock bottom is that it’s when a person has run out of “bounce.” When drinkers or drug users are new in their addiction, they have tremendous resilience and when things get bad, they can generally bounce back and for a while, reclaim a seemingly normal life.
Since alcoholism and drug addiction are progressive diseases, problem drinkers and drug users face a series of bottoms, usually successively more severe and harder to bounce back from. Finally, they run out of stamina. They’re too exhausted to bounce back. This is hitting rock bottom.
The problem, for alcoholics (and those around them), is that although each new bottom seemed inconceivable from the perspective of the previous functioning stage, the bar gets lowered for each subsequent “recovery.”
Quite often, jobs are lost and less attractive ones follow; houses may be lost and less desirable apartments follow, and a general downward spiral of circumstances ensues. What previously would have seemed unacceptable becomes tolerable—the new normal.
This progressive deterioration, which is accompanied by an equally progressive inner deterioration—isolation, depression, self-pity, anger, anxiety, and desperation—can level out to a monotonous existence of grim maintenance drinking. Or, it leads to institutionalization (hospitals or jails) or death.
The progression can be likened to a descending elevator: it makes stops along the way down, and any stop is an opportunity to step off, admit to hitting rock bottom and seek help. Restore Health and Wellness Center is here to assist you or a loved one in achieving lifelong sobriety. We provide addicts and alcoholics with the tools and knowledge necessary to rebuild their lives from the destruction of substance abuse. Visit our addiction treatment center in Calabasas at 6918 Owensmouth Ave Canoga Park, CA 91303. 24/7 Admissions (818) 722-9019. On-Site Contact (818) 806-3914.