There is a common misconception that addicts must first hit “rock bottom” before they can get help through an outpatient or inpatient drug addiction treatment program. Unfortunately, this misconception is not only believed by many addicts but also their family and friends.

The concept of hitting “rock bottom” came about because of the belief that addicts must reach their lowest point as a result of their addiction before they are willing to seek treatment. The problem with this type of thinking is it can lead to other issues for addicts and their close friends and family.

Addicts could develop increased risks for health problems, including but not limited to:

  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Attack
  • Stroke
  • Organ Damage
  • Hepatitis, HIV, and other Blood/Bodily Fluid Transmitted Diseases
  • Respiratory Problems
  • Damage to the Reproductive System
  • Weight Loss and Malnutrition

For those close to addicts, allowing them to hit “rock bottom” could cause damage to interpersonal relationships, like between an addicted parent and children. In addition, it could result in the loss of:

  • Employment
  • Housing
  • Financial Savings

Furthermore, addicts could run up an excessive amount of debt. In some cases, they may even turn to “loan sharks” to help finance their addiction. Some addicts who are left to hit “rock bottom” could even end up turning to prostitution or engaging in other criminal activities.

A Better Approach to Drug and Alcohol Rehab

Rather than waiting to hit “rock bottom” before seeking drug and alcohol rehab treatment, there is a better approach for getting help for addictions. At any point during the addiction, if you know you need help and truly desire it, don’t wait. You don’t have to be a full-blown addict to seek treatment.

For friends and families, if you notice your loved ones are gradually becoming addicted to drugs or alcohol, you, too, don’t have to wait for them to hit “rock bottom.” There are different things you can do to encourage them to get the help they need. For instance, you could arrange an intervention with help from a qualified drug and alcohol treatment professional.

Man confronting father in therapy

Another option is spelling out the consequences of their actions. For example, you could point out how their addiction could affect them in the long run, such as being fired from jobs and being evicted from their apartments, potentially leaving them with nothing.

Sometimes, simply the thought of losing finances, housing, or employment is enough to motivate addicts to seek treatment. For families with children, one of the parents could let the other know that if he or she continues with the addiction, they could ultimately lose their parental rights and access to the children.

As you can see, there are different approaches to encourage and motivate addicts long before they hit “rock bottom.” Please keep in mind, each person and addict is different, so what will motivate each one to seek treatment before hitting “rock bottom” can and does vary.

If you want help or are a friend or loved one of an addict and are looking for a way to help them avoid hitting “rock bottom,” please feel free to contact BlueCrest Recovery Center at (973) 298-5776 for further assistance and help now!

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