Rock Bottom: What Is It?

Posted on :  July 31st, 2015  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Many addicts talk about reaching rock bottom before they sought help from family, friends, or treatment centers. When referring to hitting rock bottom, most addicts are talking about reaching an all-time low. But, if you were to talk to addicts, the “rock bottom” moments are as unique as they are. If you or someone you love is experiencing a drug addiction, you might not want to wait until rock bottom is reached, but it is a good idea to know what you might need to recognize some day.

Users do not look for rock bottom when they become addicts. They are actually looking for the ultimate high. Some people hit rock bottom when they recognize that the metaphoric hole they are in is so deep that cannot get out without help. Others realize that they have lost everything that was once meaningful to them, like their loved ones and their careers. There are other addicts who find themselves waking up in places they do not recognize in situations they do not remember. Some might feel suicidal when they reach the lowest of the low. When you are trying to recognize rock bottom, here are some clues to help you see it clearly:

  1. Have you had more than you can handle. Addicts who have self-proclaimed rock bottom moments recognize that they cannot take anymore. They have exhausted their resources and stretched limits, which has left them nothing but constant suffering. It some cases, people have overstretched their limits so much that they lose their homes because they spend every penny on drugs. Others might find themselves completely alone because their friends and family have had more than they can take, too. The idea of “that’s enough” is a sign that rock bottom is nearby or you have already reached it. When you recognize that you have had more that you handle, it is time to decide if you want to start reaching towards life and away from death.
  2. Weigh the pros and cons. After recognizing that you have reached your limits, it is time to self evaluate. You will need to decide whether or not you really want to become sober and what you need to get the job done. The road to recovery is long and bumpy, so it is important to know the pros and cons of setting foot on it. Seeing the pros and cons in print can help you make a wise decision, especially because you will see the damage that you are doing due to the addiction. Most addicts are able to rationalize their drug use, but with a solid list of reality to guide you, those rationalizations become moot points. You might even find that you are unable to craft any pros about drug use.
  3. How have you benefited from your drug use? This question might seem like a ridiculous question to a sober person, but people who are addicted to drugs often think that drug use helps them in numerous ways. Most people who try to change the behavior of an addict will look at why drugs are bad, but this just frustrates an addict, who does not want to hear it. All they want is the next fix, because that is all their brains are hoping for, so real logic does make it through the pain and desire. When rock bottom is near, it is a good idea to ask what drug use has done for you? Are you helping anyone? Are you making a difference? Are you adding to society? Are you learning anything about the world or yourself? Are you making friends and meeting good people? By trying to answer those questions, drug addicts might begin to see the outcomes of their addiction. It can be difficult to see beyond the next high and so many addicts have disappointed themselves by giving up on their positive goals that they once had before the drugs took over their lives.

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