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Hitting Bottom: Is It Necessary?

It’s something you hear all the time when someone is telling their story, all about what happened and their rock bottom point of their life. What is hitting bottom? Hitting bottom is considered to reach the lowest or worst point in your life, or in this case in your drug or alcohol use. In my opinion hitting bottom isn’t necessary for everyone but some people need to in order to get sober. Each person’s definition of hitting bottom is different and you have to keep that in mind, also.

I’ve seen a lot of different types of people in the rooms that have different reasons and ways they were brought into recovery. There of course is always the type of person who continuously keeps going in and out of the rooms and can’t quite get sobriety until they’ve finally hit that bottom or had certain consequences. Then there is the type of person who didn’t have much of a bottom on the outside, but suffered from a complete emotional bottom; which in my opinion can be worse. It all depends on what you need to finally make you say that enough is enough.

In the rooms of AA, CA or NA you will hear them say “If you’re not done, then go get done,” or to “go try some controlled drinking,” and all other kinds of sayings. I have to say I partly agree with it, most people aren’t willing to make a change unless the pain is great enough; but then there is the type of people who come in and hear all these things and think they don’t belong in the rooms. We need to remember everyone’s bottom is THEIR BOTTOM. Just because someone’s bottom isn’t as bad as you think it should be, doesn’t mean it isn’t their rock bottom. If it was bad enough for someone physically, emotionally or spiritually out there drinking or drugging, it shouldn’t matter what made them want to get sober as long as they are here. Only an alcoholic/addict thinks they need to hit a lower bottom in order to be an alcoholic/addict.

In my case, I had to hit not only a physical and financial bottom, but an emotional one as well. By the end of my using and drinking I was homeless, walking the streets of Pompano Beach, had given my car away for a dozen pills (yes, you read that correctly) and hit an emotional bottom so great that I could barely stand to even sit alone with myself let alone look in a mirror. Thankfully, that was what my bottom was and I know it could have been much worse; I still had a lot of ‘yets’ when I decided to get sober. It’s important to know that relapse isn’t a requirement of the program and you don’t have to turn those ’yets’ into things you end up doing. You don’t have to dig yourself in a hole so deep that you don’t know how to get out before you decide to get help. I know I didn’t even want to be in treatment when I first got there, and it turned out to be the best decision of my life. You can start your new sober life whenever you decide to, recovery isn’t denied to anyone due to not having it ‘bad enough’ out there! If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.


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