There is no one “rock bottom” an addict must hit. Read More
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This such an informative piece on how people just convince themselves that they are not really addicted to any bad habit since they haven't lost all. In such times, one may try meditation and other techniques that may help them see their situation differently. I found an interesting 12- minute breathing therapy introduced on this blog. Here's a link : http://www.speakingtree.in/spiritual-slideshow/seekers/self-improvement/...
I hit "rock bottom" as a young addict, and then spent 14 years slowly climbing to sobriety. What finally made me able to have the resolve to commit to sobriety was a very subtle relapse, full of good justification and perfect respectability. Yet I was old enough to know that if I could relapse without self-awareness, I didn't have control, and if I didn't have control, anything could happen -- again. That is when I realized what "powerlessness", "unmanageability" and the "baffling" nature of addiction mean: Once you lose control, there is no reining it in. You have to stop completely and you have to take it seriously, for life. And I haven't relapsed in over a decade now.
The only way anyone ever quits an addiction is that they come to a place where the desire to be free exceeds the desire to use.
Well stated. Addiction & its causes are much more complex than popular media portrays. Your article inspires further inquiry... many thanks!
DOES A PERSON HAVE TO HIT ROCK BOTTOM BEFORE GETTING TREATMENT?
Hitting Rock Bottom refers to the notion that a person must hit their lowest point before having the motivation to change. It implies the person needs to experience firsthand the worst consequences of his actions before he will be motivated to get help and alter these behaviors.
Rock Bottom Doesn’t Work
Research shows that waiting for someone to hit rock bottom before starting treatment is dangerous. One of the many problems with this approach, is that rock bottom can mean death. When a person with addiction is allowed to hit rock bottom, he or she often ends up needlessly injuring support systems and further damaging his or her life.
What Makes Addiction Different?
When it comes to the idea of rock bottom, no other chronic disease is handled this way. A person with diabetes does not need to experience a foot amputation to understand the gravity of their disease. They are provided with education about the disease, ways to change behaviors to prevent worsening consequences, treatment to stabilize the condition and monitoring to assure that their health remains stable. Addiction can and should be treated the same way.
Addiction is a Treatable Disease
Getting proper treatment is critical to managing addiction. If you or a loved one is looking for treatment, visit our patient guide to learn more about treatment options and the steps for finding quality treatment.
I cannot describe all the things that came together to make me quit drinking. It wasn't one thing, it was a preponderance of things.
What I can say is this. As long as drinking alcohol was preferable to the real world, I drank. When it no longer was, I began looking for ways to make alcohol less damaging to me. When I couldn't find any way to make it less damaging, I gave it up.
Their are ways to make the bottom come up. Instead of making excuses that allow the person to continue drinking destructively, tell them you don't like it. Let them know that it isn't just their boss who is upset about the missed work because of drinking, tell them you are too.
If they are HFAs count their drinks, put the number they had on the refrigerator and then put the NIAAA's standard for binge drinking below it.
Do not enable this sort of lifestyle. You know the people in your life and you know how to communicate the them in a way they will understand.
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Peg O'Connor, Ph.D., is Professor of Philosophy and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.
When and how should we open up to loved ones?