Why Hitting Rock Bottom is the Catalyst for Sobriety

hitting rock bottom before sobriety

The one thing that is guaranteed in life happens to be that nothing is guaranteed in life. Living on an overpopulated planet of roughly 8 billion people, we pause to stop and think just how different everybody and everything really is. Everybody has different mindsets, personalities, and ambitions as they blindly walk forward through life trying to jam random keys in holes and follow maps that have lost their “X” long ago. Yet, everybody’s treasure hunt is different. All people’s paths differ despite there being similar obstacles obstructing each other’s pathways along the way. This is part in why we have chocolate and vanilla, or for some, chonilla. It’s a thing….or should be. Don’t ask. Moving on.

With everybody having their own vivid imagination and set of Walt Disneyesque dreams, it’s no wonder addiction/alcoholism only tags on to some and not others. Of those that happen to have the leeching disease of addiction snag onto them, some are able to persevere, and then some are able to struggle much more than others. Some fight that rock bottom and hold onto their using times- or the “glory days” as I like to remember them.

Rock Bottom Hits You

Fear sneaks in for everybody at various points on their timeline. For addicts and alcoholics, we allow fear to stomp in and dictate everything while we lay chained to a pile of shame and justification. We allow fear to prevent us from discovering that rock bottom and moving forward with life. When addiction and alcoholism time and time again has promised fun and happiness but instead ended up throwing sand in your eyes and kicking you in the head with a steel toed boot, why is it that you still continued to give this bloody illness a chance? With all the negative aspects and stress that chemical dependency delivers, why is it that we choose to ignore rock bottom showing up right at our feet.

The sickness of it is that addiction and alcoholism want us to remember all these glorious times and belly laughs that we had while we were shoving chemicals into our bloodstreams. The ridiculous part is that we challenge our brains and our lust for substances as we forget about all the nights we cried ourselves to sleep and wished for rock bottom to finally be here so the healing could begin. Addiction and alcoholism want us to forget. We nonchalantly cold shoulder the recounted days where suicide was on the very front burner of our brains and a crack stem and television were the only allies we had to comfort the tears. We reach what some might consider such a low point, only to realize that it can always get worse. Eventually, death is the end product if we keep at the rate our minds tell us to. Rock bottom doesn’t have to be shaking hands with the grim reaper, but to my dismay, some have a deeper bottom than others and never make it out as they drown themselves in the bottom of the bottle.

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For some, the concept of hitting rock bottom and playing games with the afterlife is enough to make them tip toe away slowly. For others, they like to Aerosmith it out and live on the edge despite how close they are to toppling over. To finally realize that that you must turn back now or jump off is a pretty intimidating thought. Recognizing this place in life and being in this specific mindset it what truly drops people to their knees. To admit one is an addict or alcoholic is the easy part. To accept it and realize there is no other direction this thing can take you- this is where the revelations begin and growth can finally start to occur if we allow it. With everything at the worst it can get and you at your lowest of lows, the only directions left to continue on seem pretty clear.

It’s unfortunate how our alcoholic thinking just takes over like it does, and for some it goes on for a conglomeration of years. Some addicts and alcoholics never find a solution to the problem and end up trying to dig deeper than rock bottom allows. It can be quite the ugly scene. However, there is a solution and not all addicts and alcoholics are doomed to wander the earth in an uncomfortable stupor. A bit short of a hundred years ago, the program of Alcoholics Anonymous was created by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob. They too were individuals who dealt with the grips of alcoholism and were doing everything they could to climb out of rock bottom and continue living real life instead of vicariously through an empty glass bottle.

It was upon this founding of A.A. that the 12 steps were created, and these two men were saved from rock bottom by discovering the powers of friendship and fellowship. Through their efforts of trading their rocks for pebbles, these two men created an entity that has saved countless thousands and thousands of addicts and alcoholics struggling with the phenomenon of craving. Bill and Bob were at a point where there was no other direction. They were at their rock bottom and it was those bottoms that inspired the anonymous programs we are so fond of today. For the longest time, there has been a hole inside for most that needed to be filled. Addiction and alcoholism dig up that hole. Once recovery and solution are provided, the hole that leads to rock bottom is filled and it becomes just another step in your bottomless day.

End of the Line

Life likes to throw curveballs at you while addiction and alcoholism pelt you with rocks and make everything very dark around you. It gets old and gloomy quick- but there are alternatives to living in such dark times. If you or a loved one has been struggling with getting a firm grasp on sobriety and need detoxification, please call 1-866-802-6848 or visit www.coastaldetox.com. Our teams of specialists are waiting by to help figure out what options are best for sending your life in a comfortable direction that you can proudly stand behind.

Content Reviewed by Jacklyn Steward

Jacklyn StewardJacklyn is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and an EMDR trained trauma therapy specialist with over 6 years of experience in the field of addiction. She has a Masters Degree in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling from Nova Southeastern University.