Ditching the ‘Rock Bottom’ Myth

Last Updated: November 10, 2022

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A common phrase that can enter discussions on substance use disorders is “rock bottom,” or the absolute lowest point someone battling substance use disorder can ever hit. Subscribing to the “rock bottom” mentality could mean that a person thinks it is normal or acceptable to reach the lowest point possible before reaching out for addiction treatment.

This myth is not only a fable but a dangerous mindset for anyone with a substance use disorder. Why?

Where Is the Bottom?

An issue with the rock bottom myth is that rock bottom is not a defined physical or mental state. This term is ambiguous and represents something different for each individual. Some may consider hitting rock bottom burning all bridges with close relations. Others may consider this low moment to be when all financial means have been spent and employment cannot be retained. Even further, rock bottom could be incarceration or hospitalization. Since there is no set point that can be identified as the lowest point a person can reach, rock bottom should never be the standard by which you judge whether you need treatment for substance use disorder.

Addiction Treatment Can Help at Any Point During Addiction

This raises another issue with the rock bottom myth. The tale revolves around someone having to enter some sort of extreme state of despair before seeking qualified help through addiction treatment. Thinking like this can lead to accidental overdosing, disease, malnutrition and criminal behavior, which could all be avoided by knowing that rock bottom does not exist and is not a requirement to enter life-saving addiction treatment. Help is always available at any point during the duration of a substance use disorder.

Waiting to hit rock bottom can delay your treatment. Please do not fall for that type of thinking. If you are aware or even suspect that you have a substance use disorder, please take steps to find Ohio addiction treatment resources to help.

How to Begin the Healing Process

Addiction is a chronic brain disease.  As is the case with any chronic illness, seeking treatment early can lessen or even prevent long-term complications. The sooner you can take advantage of an addiction treatment program, the sooner you can begin the physical, mental and emotional healing process and head toward long-term recovery.

The Recovery Village Columbus can help you take your first steps on that journey.  Our staff of addiction treatment professionals can work with you to design a treatment plan that addresses your unique circumstances. Our holistic approach to addiction treatment incorporates multiple types of therapy in either inpatient or outpatient settings, along with peer support and aftercare planning.

Do not wait to hit that proverbial rock bottom. Begin to heal today. Contact The Recovery Village Columbus to discuss treatment options and admissions information.

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