In relation to alcohol or drugs, you may have heard an expression containing the phrase ‘base out.’ For instance, you may heard some one speak about an alcoholic brother saying, ‘If he keeps drinking the way he’s drinking he’s going to bottom out, then maybe he will do anything about it.’ Or even a girl referring to her companion, ‘She just really isn’t successful, she’s burning out with all the drinking’? It’s a manifestation that has become more and more popular; however, lots of people remain unclear as to what it means. What does it suggest to ‘bottom out’?
Primarily, to ‘bottom out’ is to hit rock bottom due to a drug or alcohol addiction. When we ‘burn out’, we let a habit influence our lives so much that we lose a lot of what’s important to us and we get ourselves into situations that are impossible to deal with and/or get out of. To ‘bottom out’ is to hit the lower of levels, is to hit ‘rock bottom’, the worst possible place for someone to be. Hopefully, hitting rock bottom will cause change for the better. The thought is when you can not get any lower, you can just increase.
Everyone’s definition of ‘bottom out’ is different. Everyone has another rock-bottom based on who they’re and what’s most significant to them in the world and what’s the worst-case situation for the individual. Very low may include:
* Being removed from school
* Loss of job
* Inability to keep job
* Loss of chance
* A break-up or perhaps a divorce
* Loss of family and friends
* Loss of house and/or property
* Development of physical health issues
* Harming others
Bottoming out is just a relative term because no two individuals are alike. For many people, getting arrested for a DUI is a real wake-up call. It could cause the person to determine that they have to change. For a few people, getting arrested is not bottoming out. The others may possibly lose their family to their dependency before they determine that they have a challenge. Unfortunately, a number of people must visit the bitter end before they are ready to admit that they need help. Some might even go their whole life without ever changing. Hopefully, most of the people will reach their particular bottom long before they’ve lost everything and everyone inside their lives.