Hitting Rock Bottom: Some, Not All

Posted on June 14, 2016

Metaphorically, hitting rock bottom describes a point in one’s life when they reach a definite low as a result of addiction problems. People generally see it as the lowest point possible, an epiphanic moment or process where one becomes cognizant of their addiction’s destructive nature.

There is a major cognitive component to hitting rock bottom. This involves realization. People must realize that they have hit a very low point in their lives. They must experience significant pain — a reaction to the loss of something important such as a marriage or career. Thus they have to judge the personal significance and importance of certain events, persons, or things.

Conversely, not everyone hits rock bottom. Addiction affects individuals in varying ways. Hitting rock bottom does not have a standard or universal marker. Think about hitting rock bottom as being on a continuum. One extreme looks at people who seek help and treatment well before addiction locks its deadly grasp. The other extreme hits a low point, as addiction’s tentacles adversely affect several aspects of their lives.

If we think of addiction like other chronic illnesses, then we can approach it in the same manner, where preventative or management measures are applied before individuals hit rock bottom.

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