‘Hitting Rock Bottom’ is a coined phrase that refers to when someone struggling with substance use disorder has reached the lowest point in their addiction. Rock bottom is often characterized by a traumatic event where the addict realizes the impact addiction has on their lives and those of their loved ones. At this point, the individual feels helpless towards their situation or event. Rock bottom is the turning point in most addiction stories.
How to know that you are hitting rock bottom?
Rock bottom is when an addict is at their lowest, and they know they have to change. The addict can no longer deny that addiction has taken over their life. They may be struggling with other problems in addition to addiction, but they can no longer ignore the problem of addiction. In addition, when someone reaches rock bottom, they are tired of making excuses for why they are still addicted. They have realized that this is a problem and that there is nothing left to lose. It is important to note that the ‘rock bottom experience’ is different for everyone.
For some, it has been the result of a traumatic event (such as a car accident or the loss of a loved one), while for others, it may be the result of a family member kicking them out of their home. It could be the end of a marriage, the end of a friendship, a job, or the end of a relationship. The rock bottom experience can be as simple as feeling like you have hit your limit. It could also be that you feel like you have lost everything you ever wanted in life, and it is over. It could also be when you realize that your addiction has taken over every aspect of your life, and there is no way out. The rock bottom experience can be the point when you realize that your life is in danger and you need to get clean and sober.
It could also be the day when you finally admit that your addiction is out of control and that you have a problem. It could be the day when you wake up and realize that all of your excuses are gone, and there is no one left to blame but yourself for the addiction problem. It could also be when your family finally tells you what they think of your addiction, and they ask you to get help before it’s too late; this might not seem like a rock bottom event or experience, but it can make an addict see how far they have fallen from their old life. It could be the day when you tell yourself “I’m done with this” and make a decision not to use it again; it could also be the day when someone finally stands up for themselves and says “enough is enough” because they are tired of being controlled by their addiction.
How to get back up when you hit rock bottom?
The only advantage of hitting rock bottom is that the only way is up. When an addict reaches rock bottom, it is crucial to have someone who can help them get back on their feet. The first step is to admit that you are in trouble and need help. There are many different treatment options available, including detoxification, outpatient treatment, and residential treatment programs. It is crucial to choose the right type of program for each individual.
The type of program will depend on what works best for each individual’s needs. If the person is in immediate danger of harming themselves or others, they may need to go into residential treatment. If the person is willing to go into rehab but does not want to be around other people for an extended period, inpatient treatment may work best. The outpatient program is ideal for persons wishing to stay around family and friends. Other rehab treatment options include:
- The 12-step programs
- Group therapy
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Family therapy
- Spiritual counseling
- Educational programs
For an addict to succeed in recovery, they must have a support system. Many people who are recovering from addiction feel lost and lonely because they can no longer socialize with their friends and family members as much as they would like. The support system can help make up for this loss by helping the person connect with other people who understand what they are going through. For more information on how to recognize the rock bottom experience or when in need of helping a loved one, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at 833-680-0165.