“Only in the darkest of places can the light truly be found”
Rock bottom is a term that is often spoken of in the dark world of addiction and its meaning is as relative as it is self-explanatory. Every individual has their own rock bottom relative to their own situation and perspective, yet the meaning is universally the same; being at your lowest point imaginable. It is when resources have dwindled, spirits demoralized, and the bridges have long since burned.
Full blown addiction is a dark place within the mind where hope is bleak and motivation is at its lowest. This often leads many to rock bottom and what I like to refer to as “tunnel vision.” Tunnel vision is when the addict cannot see his friends and family, his passions, his career, his goals he once had, he can only see the darkness within the “tunnel”, with a faint light at the end, so far in the distance that they feel as if hope for a better life has completely vanished.
No child imagining their future could ever fathom that they would one day make choices that would lead them to this fate, yet millions do. Addiction is a parasite that needs a host to survive. Once a user crosses the threshold into an addiction, the mind is rewired, dopamine reward centers are reconfigured, and the hierarchy of needs are reset.
As an addict I found myself in a constant cycle of fueling my addiction while trying to maintain normalcy in my life. Anytime I felt as though my rock bottom was around the corner I would always take a step back in order to focus on my self-preservation. Eventually this cycle failed, as all vicious ones ultimately do, and I found myself at my rock bottom.
I always had conflicting thoughts about being at rock bottom. I believe that even the darkest and ugliest of times can hold truth and beauty, however it is difficult to change when resources are practically non-existent. But perhaps that isn’t the worst thing in the world. Rock bottom is a state of mind that once reached is unavoidable. The damage is now visible and the eyes can no longer look away. The lies and deceit have been cast into the light for all to see and the music must be faced. You are left with nothing but yourself, a raw phoenix awaiting to rise from the ashes.
Only when I was at my rock bottom could I find myself and become independent. Only when my family had turned their back, could I stand up for myself. Accountability was found there, subsequently taking responsibility for the actions that have led me to this desolate place.
That is why I believe rock bottom is the perfect place to do away with old habits, to plant a new seed of thought and action. It is a place for reflection and growth. The most important realization is that the same way of thinking that got you there, cannot possibly get you out!
Change takes time and patience, and no one can change overnight. However, if you add those nights up, you may suddenly find yourself looking on from the other side.
Here at Evolutions, we understand that many addicts may find themselves in the rock bottom mindset. We’re here to help you evolve as an individual, building powerful trust within yourself and others. Recovery isn’t about rebounding, it isn’t about salvaging what you have left, it is leaving behind the old ways and beginning anew.
With our Clinical and holistic focus, we aim to give the tools and support that everyone deserves to drastically change their lives. Let us help you or a loved one rediscover the beauty of living a clean and sober life.
The important thing in all of this is that you seek help for your drug addiction. Do not let fear keep you from the life you have always wanted. You do not need to fight this disease alone and any and all concerns that you have can be addressed as you move through the process of recovery. So call the professionals at Evolutions Treatment Center today, at 1-866-771-7091. We are standing by to help you finally overcome your addiction.