When discussing addiction, one of the most commonly used phrases is “hitting rock bottom.” While this phrase is popular, almost every person will have a different definition of rock bottom, and how it appeared to them. With this ever-changing definition, how can one expect to wait until it happens to seek help? The answer is, you can’t. 


Rock bottom is an arbitrary term — you cannot wait for it to happen because how would you spot it? Early intervention is the best option for those struggling to make a successful recovery. By understanding the changing definitions of rock bottom, those struggling can be prompted to get help sooner.


Waiting Until You Hit Rock Bottom


Many people struggling with addiction say they will wait until they hit rock bottom to ask for help. However, there is no concrete definition of rock bottom, so you cannot use it as a basis for when to seek help. After all, rock bottom will mean different things for different people. 


For example, rock bottom for one person may be losing their kids. For another, it may mean going to jail. With all of these different definitions of rock bottom, it is best not to use it as a basis on which to place your recovery.


Early Intervention Is Best


Instead of waiting to hit your lowest point in addiction, it is best to get help as soon as possible. Early intervention helps prevent addiction from taking a stronghold in your life that will make recovery that much more challenging and relapse more likely. 


You are also more likely to still be in contact with close family and friends earlier in addiction, so early intervention can keep your support systems intact as you enter recovery. Family members can also correct any enabling and other unhealthy habits to support their loved one’s recovery.


Rock bottom is a common phrase used in addiction to provide a timeline for seeking help. However, it is an arbitrary term with no concrete definition that can cause further harm in the lives of those struggling. Instead of waiting for yourself to hit rock bottom, early intervention can get you on the right track sooner. Alta Loma Transformation Services understands the importance of early intervention and works with patients to get them on the right path no matter where they are in their addiction journey. Call us today to learn more at (866) 457-3843.