In terms of alcohol or drugs, you could have heard an expression containing the phrase ‘base out.’ For instance, you could heard some body speak about an alcoholic brother saying, ‘If he keeps drinking the way in which he’s drinking he’s going to bottom out, then maybe he will do anything about it.’ Or even a girl discussing her best friend, ‘She just really isn’t succeeding, she is burning out with all the drinking’? It’s a manifestation that’s become more and more popular; however, plenty of people remain uncertain about what it means. What does it suggest to ‘bottom out’?
Essentially, to ‘bottom out’ is always 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 lot of what’s very important to us and we get ourselves into conditions 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 someone to be. Hopefully, hitting rock-bottom will cause change for the better. The idea is that when you can not get any lower, you can just rise.
Everybody’s definition of ‘bottom out’ differs. Everyone has a different very cheap based on who they are and what’s most important to them in the world and what’s the situation for the individual. Rock-bottom might include:
* Being removed from school
* Loss of job
* Inability to preserve work
* Loss of chance
* A break-up or a divorce
* Loss of family and friends
* Loss of house and/or property
* Development of physical health conditions
* Harming the others
Because no two people are alike bottoming out is really a relative term. For many people, getting arrested for a DUI is a real wake-up call. It could cause the person to determine they must change. For a few people, getting arrested isn’t bottoming out. Others may lose their family to their dependency before they determine that they’ve a challenge. Unfortunately, some people must visit the bitter end before they’re prepared to acknowledge that they need help. Some may even die without ever-changing. Hopefully, most people will reach their own base well before they’ve lost everything and everyone within their lives.