Hitting Rock Bottom

How do you know when you’ve hit it?

We’ve all heard of the term “hitting rock bottom”…but where exactly is it? Is it the same rock bottom that others hit?

For many, “rock bottom” is a point an addict reaches when they are finally willing to seek help. Things are now so bad for them that it is impossible to deny their problem anymore. Hitting rock bottom may result due to a particular event, or it can be a slow decline over time.

A rock bottom due to substance abuse could involve:

  • Loss of a job
  • Loss of family and friends
  • Loss of a relationship/marriage
  • Legal problems
  • Health deterioration
  • Loss of home
  • Mental breakdown
  • Financial problems
  • Social embarrassment


Facing the Truth of Their Situation

Unfortunately, the longer a substance abuser uses, the more harm will be done to their life. Some addicts end up losing a lot – sadly, even their lives – before they reach a point where they are willing to change the behavior. Others have a ‘higher’ rock bottom and lose relatively little. As soon as an individual has reached a point that they are ready to change, then this will be their “rock bottom,” when they finally see past the denial and their own defense mechanisms and face the truth of their situation.

Recovery Who Didn’t Fall too Low

Obviously, there is no advantage in having a low rock bottom. It just means that the individual will have further to climb back from. However, some addicts worry that by not falling low enough, they will be more at risk of relapse in the future. But there are plenty in successful recovery who didn’t fall too low in their addiction. The real danger in this idea of the necessity of a low rock bottom is that it may lead the addict to a place that they cannot get back from.

Treatment Designed to Raise an Addict’s Own Rock Bottom

At 12 Keys Rehab, we understand that raising rock bottom is all about bringing this point of change to a substance abuser quickly. It is crucial that when you or a loved one hits their rock bottom and choose to enter rehab, you must be prepared to enter recovery immediately – not a few days later, not next week, not next month. Waiting is not an option. Rehab must happen now.

Rehab treatment at 12 Keys is designed to raise an addict’s own rock bottom by reminding them of all the things in their life that they are missing out on due to their addiction – and being clear about where their addiction could take them. If you or a loved one has reached rock bottom, call 12 Keys Rehab today at 866-331-6779 and take that first step. We’ll be with you every step of the way to ensure a lasting recovery.

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