There was a time when we believed that a person had to be at their lowest point or “rock bottom” before they could get help from drug rehab. We do not believe this to be the case anymore. In fact, reaching “rock bottom” could mean overdose or death for some, and not just “a realization” that help is needed. That is why it’s so very important to intervene and get yourself or a loved one help before it’s too late.
The Problem with Hitting Rock Bottom
There are many things wrong with the “hitting rock bottom” myth. Let’s look at a few shortfalls.
- No concrete definition. There is no definitive answer to what rock bottom is. It’s different for all individuals, which means some people can continue falling further than what we think.
- Includes a waiting period. Typically, family members wait for their loved one to hit rock bottom. While they wait, the addiction continues to wreak havoc on the family and gain more power over the user.
- Strips individuals of everything. The rock bottom mentality is that a person has to lose all of their resources (relationships, employment, housing, physical health, mental health) before they can be helped. By this point, the addict has many things to overcome.
- Harder to recover. When a person has finally reached their lowest point, they have a lot of work to do. The addiction is probably more severe and harder to treat, requiring more therapy and possibly dual diagnosis rehab in California.
Raising the Bottom: Intervene Early
It’s understandable where the rock bottom mentality came from, as it can be very hard to help an addict who still has things going for them. It’s usually not until a person has lost everything that they realize they need help. Still, there are ways for families to intervene and encourage their loved ones to seek outpatient rehab.
“Raising the bottom” refers to getting someone the help they need so that they don’t reach rock bottom. To do this, families need to do the following:
- Allow natural, negative consequences to occur (no enabling)
- Let the addict resolve their own conflicts
- Set and enforce healthy limits and boundaries
- Regularly discuss treatment options
- Support sobriety, not the addiction
- Provide transportation to doctor’s appointments
- Encourage therapy or a 12-step treatment center in Agoura Hills
Not Ready to Get Sober? Involuntary Treatment May be an Option
Another myth is that only voluntary treatment is effective. However, research shows that involuntary treatment can be just as effective. In certain situations, people can be entered into treatment in California, as long as they meet a certain set of requirements. California is one of 37 states that have involuntary commitment laws. You can learn more about these laws in this article.
If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, contact Awakenings Treatment Center today. Your call is free and confidential, and we can discuss your options for getting treatment before rock bottom hits.