How Do You Know When You ‘Hit Bottom’?

One particular street in Colorado has an unsellable land lot.  Many have looked at it because it rests in one of the most desirable neighborhoods statewide.  The lot will not sell because half of it is taken up by a table shaped granite rock.  Building there would cost a too much cash.  Most view the property as hopeless because you cannot excavate.  There is a rock at the bottom.

The term “rock bottom” comes from when people dug wells or foundations long ago with no modern equipment.  When they hit a rock, and could go no lower, they would have to move on to a different site.  

Now, hitting rock bottom, is a common phrase you hear from people whose addiction has taken over their lives.  The good news about the bottom is there is no other way to go than up.  Here are some common scenarios that make people feel they have hit bottom.

Loss of a close relationship

Some people’s addictions have caused conflict in their closest relationships.  Perhaps you are facing a situation right now where your spouse has left, or another important relationship is strained.  Sometimes a loved one steps back from a relationship, because they cannot handle watching addiction destroy.  Regardless of why a person left, you will feel the bottom if you think lost everyone who loves or cares for you.

Loss of a job or income

One big struggle for someone dependent on drugs or alcohol is keeping up with responsibilities.  The struggle happens as more of the addicted person’s time is focused on obtaining and using..  Years can go by while maintaining a double life, but eventually it can catch up and job loss can occur.  The loss here can be particularly challenging if the person finds their identity in their career.  

Loss of a dream

You have a nice family, a great place to live, and you just bought some property in the country to build a farmhouse.  That was before addiction took hold.  Now you may find your spouse has left with the kids and sold the property.  Everything you have been working for the past fifteen years is gone.  The loss of a dream can leave you feeling like you have no purpose.

Hitting  bottom feels like losing pieces of yourself.  Eventually, when you lose enough pieces you feel like there is nothing else to lose.  The good news is that now you have only things to gain.  Let your recovery become a chance at a new beginning.

The Lakehouse Treatment Center understands the worlds of active addiction and active recovery. Years of comprehensive experience have helped us build a unique program focused on changing lives and rebuilding families. From detox to sober living, The Lakehouse program focuses on learning how to live and have fun again- a treatment experience like no other. Call us anytime: 877.762.3707

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