Don’t Wait For Rock Bottom
Don’t be lured in by the false notion that you must hit rock bottom before you enter a recovery program. In fact, the latest research proves that the polar opposite is true when it comes to drug and alcohol rehab programs.
A study shared by the Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy shows us that waiting for rock bottom may decrease the odds of you finding a successful addiction recovery center.
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What Does Rock Bottom Mean?
“Rock Bottom” is a unique and individual experience from one person to another. This term describes the scenario in which addiction has spiraled so far out of control that it now controls the person’s overall being.
It can be a dire health diagnosis or nearly lethal overdose. It could be the family’s intervention and setting bottom lines until they achieve sobriety.
The prior belief was that users must hit this low point in their lives before they would be sufficiently motivated to achieve real recovery. In the past, experts mistakenly believed that Rock Bottom was the key that unlocked the mystery of healing.
What New Research Finds
Researchers from the National Louis University’s Community Psychology Program and the Regional Mental Health Center in Chicago, IL challenged the Rock Bottom theory.
They studied 191 adults who were in treatment to document if hitting “rock bottom” guaranteed them a successful recovery. They were astonished by the results.
They revealed that the participants who failed to complete their treatment programs were more likely to be the ones who had experienced a “rock bottom” point. This observation implied that they struggled greater substance abuse problems paired with psychological and socializing problems. In fact, waiting to hit rock bottom decreased their chances both of completing treatment and maintaining long-term sobriety.
What Does This Mean for You?
If you’re considering entry into an addiction treatment program, don’t wait for “Rock Bottom.” Your goal is to find a program that is tailored to your individual needs. When it comes to substance abuse recovery, a one-size-fits-all approach just is not as effective. You need a recovery program that is customized to your situation and motivations.
And while it’s best not to wait for rock bottom to start treatment, don’t despair if you’ve already hit it. It’s not hopeless; pick up the pieces of your shattered life. You can recover with the correctly-tailored program.
At Addiction to Sobriety, we know and understand the individual nature of addiction. Don’t continue to wait for rock bottom – let’s help you embark on the road to recovery now.