What does it mean to ‘bottom out’?

In terms of drugs or alcohol, you may have heard a manifestation containing the phrase ‘base out.’ As an example, you could heard some one talk about an alcoholic brother saying, ‘If he keeps drinking just how he is drinking he is going to bottom out, then maybe he will do something about it.’ Or even a girl discussing her companion, ‘She just really isn’t succeeding, she’s burning out with the drinking’? It’s an expression that has become more and more popular; however, a lot of people remain uncertain as to what it means. What does it suggest to ‘bottom out’?

Basically, to ‘bottom out’ is always to hit rock bottom because of a drug or alcohol addiction. When we ‘burn out’, we let a habit affect our lives so much that we lose a great deal of what is important to us and we get ourselves into situations that are hard to deal with and/or get out of. To ‘bottom out’ is to hit the low of levels, is to hit ‘rock bottom’, the worst possible place for an individual to become. Ideally, hitting rock-bottom will lead to change for the better. Thinking is that if you can not get any lower, you can just rise.

Everyone’s description of ‘base out’ is different. Everyone has another rock bottom according to who they’re and what’s most important to them in the world and what’s the worst-case situation for the individual. Very low might include:

* Being removed from school

* Loss of work

* Inability to sustain work

* Loss of opportunity

* A break-up or a divorce

* Loss of family and friends

* Loss of home and/or property

* Creation of physical health issues

* Hurting others

Since no two people are alike bottoming out is just a relative term. For many people, getting arrested for a DUI is a real red flag. It could cause the individual to determine they must change. For some people, getting arrested isn’t bottoming out. Others might lose their family with their addiction before they decide that they have an issue. Unfortunately, a number of people must visit the bitter end before they are willing to admit that they need help. Some could even die without ever changing. Ideally, many people will reach their own base well before they’ve lost everything and everyone within their lives.

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