How many times have I heard about hitting bottom when it comes to recovery? Phrases such as high bottoms and low bottoms and maybe she’s hit bottom now, and I hope he hits his bottom soon, and I really thought he had hit bottom after all he’s been through but he’s drinking again.
Although there is some part of me that understands that hitting bottom has some merit – I just don’t buy it. To me it is analogous to looking for that lost shoe and when you finally find it – you stop looking. Once an alcoholic comes to that point in his/her life when they stop – why does it have to be “bottom”? It is some point where many factors come together – some behavioral and maybe some medical and some life circumstances.
There are stories of those who go to rehab just once and stop drinking forever. Or are told by their physician to stop and they do – cold turkey. They have “high bottoms”. And then those who go to meetings and rehab over and over again with “low bottoms”.
I especially don’t like the hitting bottom image because so many alcoholics sink through the bottom; they don’t “hit” it and bounce back. Just last week an addict friend of a friend hanged himself. Can’t we come up with some other way to express it?