In relation to drugs or alcohol, you may have heard an expression containing the term ‘base out.’ For example, you may heard some body talk about an alcoholic brother saying, ‘If he keeps drinking the way he’s drinking he’s likely to bottom out, then maybe he will do anything about it.’ Or possibly a girl referring to her companion, ‘She just really isn’t successful, she’s burning out with the drinking’? It’s an expression that’s become more and more popular; however, lots of people remain unclear as to what it means. What does it mean to ‘bottom out’?
Basically, to ‘bottom out’ will be to hit rock bottom due to a drug or alcohol addiction. When we ‘burn out’, we let a habit affect our lives so much that we lose a whole lot of what is 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 lows, is to hit ‘rock bottom’, the worst possible place for an individual to become. Hopefully, hitting rock bottom will bring about change for the better. The idea is when you can’t get any lower, you can just rise.
Everybody’s description of ‘bottom out’ is different. Everyone has a different rock-bottom based on who they’re and what’s most critical to them in the world and what’s the scenario for the individual. Very low may possibly include:
* Being expelled from school
* Loss of work
* Inability to keep work
* Loss of chance
* A break-up or even a divorce
* Loss of family and friends
* Loss of house and/or property
* Development of physical health issues
* Hurting the others
Bottoming out is just a relative term because no two people are alike. For some individuals, getting arrested for a DUI is a real red flag. It could cause the person to decide they have to change. For a lot of, getting thrown in jail isn’t bottoming out. Others may possibly lose their loved ones to their dependency before they determine that they have an issue. However, a number of people have to go to the bitter end before they’re willing to admit that they need help. Some may even die without ever-changing. Ideally, a lot of people will reach their own base long before they’ve lost everything and everyone within their lives.