We’ve all heard the phrase “rock bottom.” To many people, rock bottom seems like a necessary step for an addicted person in order for them to receive help or a drug intervention. But not only is this, it’s doing a disservice to addicted loved ones, and can lead to serious problems!
First, it’s important to understand what exactly “rock bottom” is. To put it simply: it’s the lowest a person can possibly sink before having no choice but to change their life. It’s losing a relationship, losing a job, losing a friend—having an essential part of one’s life destroyed by addiction. When someone reaches rock bottom, they acknowledge that their addiction has seriously damaged their life to the point where continuing without treatment is simply not an option. For some, rock bottom is as simple as losing the income they need to buy drugs. Clients travel from Lorain, Ohio to our facilities near Cincinnati, Ohio.
Often, people will recognize their loved one is being overcome by addiction, but hesitate to suggest addiction help by mistakenly thinking they have to wait until the addict hits rock bottom. This misconception stems from the thinking that in order for recovery to work, the addict has to be the one who decides to start getting treatment. Of course, this is not how to help a drug addict, since the very nature of addiction will cause them to use drugs and alcohol even when they know they should stop. This means they are unlikely to look for the help they know they need. Other people think an addict needs to reach rock bottom so that they learn a lesson about how destructive their habit can be, so that they will be “scared straight.”
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Waiting for rock bottom is dangerous both to the possibility of recovery and the addict’s well-being. The most obvious argument against rock bottom is the fact that some drug users don’t have a rock bottom. It is not unusual for an addict to keep using even after their habit has ruined their professional and personal lives. For addicts like this, death from an overdose will come before rock bottom will. Even discounting these risks there remains the question: what is gained by allowing a loved one to ruin his or her life? If you have the chance to help a friend or family member heal from the disease of addiction before it takes a part of their life away, why wouldn’t you?
Instead, when you suspect a loved one is beginning to abuse drugs, talk to them or stage a drug intervention as soon as possible. It’s important for an addict to hear they have a problem and that they have people who will love and support them through recovery. If the addict doesn’t respond well to this, it is often helpful to stage an intervention. When an addict is presented with a group of concerned friends who have been hurt by the addict’s habit through an intervention or by other means, they are often unable to deny their problem anymore. For extra help, consider hiring interventionists associated with addiction treatment facilities like The Ridge. They have experience in staging interventions and are extremely effective at convincing addicts to seek treatment, with a success rate of over 90%. Don’t be afraid to do whatever needs to be done to help a loved one who needs help with drug abuse or alcoholism. Waiting serves no purpose other than to give addiction time to hurt the addict more.