In relation to alcohol or drugs, you might have heard a manifestation containing the phrase ‘bottom out.’ Like, you may heard some body speak about an alcoholic brother saying, ‘If he keeps drinking the way he is drinking he is likely to bottom out, then maybe he will do anything about it.’ Or perhaps a girl talking about her best friend, ‘She just really is not succeeding, she’s bottoming out with all the drinking’? It is an expression that’s become more and more popular; however, plenty of people remain unclear as to what it means. What does it suggest to ‘bottom out’?
Basically, to ‘bottom out’ is always to hit rock bottom because of a drug or alcohol addiction. When we ‘bottom out’, we let a habit influence our lives so much that we lose a whole lot of what’s important to us and we get ourselves into conditions that are hard to deal with and/or get out of. To ‘bottom out’ is to hit the lower of lows, is to hit ‘rock bottom’, the worst possible place for someone to be. Ideally, hitting rock-bottom may cause change for the better. The idea is that if you can not get any lower, you can only increase.
Everybody’s meaning of ‘base out’ is different. Everyone has a different rock-bottom according to who they’re and what is most significant to them in the world and what’s the worst-case situation for the individual. Rock bottom may include:
* Being removed from school
* Loss of job
* Inability to support work
* Loss of opportunity
* A break-up or even a divorce
* Loss of family and friends
* Loss of house and/or property
* Development of physical health problems
* Hurting others
Bottoming out is a general term because no two people are alike. For some people, getting arrested for a DUI can be a real red flag. It may cause the person to determine they should change. For a few people, getting arrested is not burning out. The others may possibly lose their loved ones for their dependency before they decide that they’ve an issue. However, many people must go to the bitter end before they are ready to admit that they need help. Some could even go their whole life without ever-changing. Hopefully, many people will reach their own bottom long before they have lost everything and everyone in their lives.