One of the biggest myths about recovery from addiction is that you need to hit “Rock bottom” before you decide to get help.
While those who have substance abuse issues often find themselves at their lowest levels before they decide to go into rehab, it isn’t a requirement before you decide to get professional help.
The media’s portrayal of recovery from addiction often mentions that addicts must hit their lowest point before going into rehab. While reality television shows may not explicitly say it, many imply that if a patient goes to rehab when they aren’t at their lowest point, the treatment may not be effective.
This line of thinking is inherently incorrect. Let’s look at three key factors that will help you understand why rock bottom isn’t necessary before getting help.
If You Recognize You Have a Problem, Why Wait?
If you or your loved ones have pointed out a substance abuse issue that’s keeping you from achieving your goals in your life, why would you wait until the condition gets worse before you get help?
While there’s a tremendous amount of debate on the topic of addiction being a disease, for the sake of the following comparison, let’s look at it like a disease.
Let’s say you have a tumor and there was a chance that the tumor could become cancerous. Would you then wait until the tumor became cancerous before you engaged in medical therapy?
Most people would go ahead and engage with their physicians about a treatment plan as soon as they recognize that they have a life or death medical issue.
The same is true for addiction recovery. If you recognize that you have a problem, don’t wait until the problem gets worse. Fix the problem now.
”Rock Bottom” is an Abstract Concept
Some people envision rock bottom as being on the street begging for spare change. Others think of rock bottom as being completely out of resources and while being disowned by your family. The truth is, rock bottom is different for everyone.
Some may see rock bottom as being the lowest point in their personal lives while others see rock bottom as a specific event that points out the fact that they need help.
If you need help with your addictions, rock bottom is what you make of it. Rock bottom could be letting down a friend or loved one, or it could be when you are stuck on a street corner begging for spare change.
The important thing is that you must recognize that you need help. Once you realize you need help, don’t put off getting the help because you feel like you need more negative experiences to reinforce the fact that you should seek out professional help.
Helping Yourself is the Key
What if you wait for your personal low to happen, then you are unable to help yourself get out of it? Waiting until it is too late to get help may prevent you from ever getting the help that you need.
If you keep making excuses and while ignoring your substance abuse problem, you may never actually find the time, effort, energy or courage needed to reach out for help. You may find that you keep making excuses and your condition continues to get worse.
There’s no better time to get help than right now. If you are unable to help yourself when you aren’t at your personal low, how do you know you’ll be able to help yourself when you go even lower?
Help is Just a Phone Call Away
Addiction rehabilitation isn’t something you should be embarrassed about. In fact, people from all walks of life have found the courage inside themselves to reach out and admit that they need help.
Rehab is a special place where you get to reflect on your life experiences around licensed professionals who know and understand your struggles.
One of the hidden benefits of rehabilitation is that you’ll be able to be around like-minded people who also want beat their addictions. The first step in getting help is admitting that you have a problem. The second step is to reach out for help.
If you’re ready to get started on your road to recovery, call us today at 833-762-3739. Your consultation will remain 100% private and our counselors are available 24 hours a day. We can’t wait to help you get your life back on track.