The slippery slope on the way to hitting rock bottom is different for every person; some go quickly on a steep and slick slope, other substance abusers reach rock bottom more slowly on a steady even grade. And since there is no single definition of or level at which you hit rock bottom, how do you know you’re there?
Let’s talk about rock bottom, the anxiety, and depression that accompanies it, the hazards of the very concept, and addiction treatment available to prevent or raise you from it.
In a general sense, rock bottom is when you have reached your lowest point. Things can’t get any worse. Since we all have different tastes, desires, dreams, beliefs, and goals, rock bottom can vary greatly. A single word that best describes the main problem is “loss.” Most times rock bottom is the loss of:
Too often in a substance abuser’s life, rock bottom is actually more like a rubber bottom. They hit a low spot, think it can’t get any worse. They work on recovery for a while, see some progress, but then lose their footing on that slippery slope once again. The next fall is even lower than the previous one.
Maddie, a recovering young woman, and contributor to the Our Young Addicts community, describes it best when she wrote, “On April 20th, 2012, I hit another bottom. It wasn’t the first bottom I had hit, and it wouldn’t be the last.”
Do not aim for rock bottom before seeking medical advice and professional treatment. Rock bottom is not a benchmark you must reach before entering a program. That is the devastating consequence of the entire concept of rock bottom.
If at any time you are thinking you may have a problem or that you need help, you do. Seek help immediately. The longer you wait, the more physical, emotional, and mental damage will be done to yourself and others, and the rougher the road to recovery.
Contact us at Summit Malibu to start your journey of addiction treatment and get on the path to a healthier, happier, and more fulfilling life. Our treatment programs are designed to meet the individual needs of each patient. We can help you come back up from rock bottom