5 Essential Rock Bottom Quotes



Substance abuse has a sneaky way of stealing integrity and livelihood from a peripheral place just out of view, and oftentimes it's startling for an addict to find that their life seems to suddenly resemble ground zero.

Addicts and alcoholics want desperately to control and enjoy drinking and drugging, exerting all their energy into holding on through increasing hardship, living in denial that sobriety is the solution.

When their substance of choice fails to cause any relief, when consequences are mounting quicker than diminishing morals, hitting bottom is inevitable. The solutions illustrated in these quotes illuminate the power and grace which survives life's most desolate moments.


"If you're going through hell, keep going."
- Winston Churchill.

Despair, heartache and exhaustion characterize the struggle to keep it all together during the hardest moments in life. The reality is life will strip away what is unnecessary and it will seem unfair and cruel. The most challenging moments are those when we grow stronger. Keep taking the right next indicated step in recovery and the tide will begin to change.


"When we can no longer change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves."
- Viktor Frankl.

Letting go can be like taking a leap of faith and trusting you will learn to fly. Holding on tightly and struggling against change won't stop it from happening. Surrendering often happens when we have nothing left to loose and find we are willing to change, to be teachable and find a readiness for new beginnings.


"It's only after you've lost everything, that you're free to do anything."
- Chuck Palahniuk.

Once attachments to old behavior have been left behind, we have a new freedom bodily and mentally. There is room to hear the intuitive voice inside whose direction became foggy with substance abuse. Cues about what feels right, the direction freedom from attachments takes us, will restore faith in the ability to manage life again with renewed strength.


"Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life."
- J.K. Rowling.

There's always a bigger picture, a deeper truth to the challenges we face, particularly when we've hit a bottom and can do nothing but rebuild. In recovery the steps taken to rebuild life are a solid foundation of integrity, honesty and openness.

"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty."
- Maya Angelou.

Getting back up again and putting the pieces of a life after rock bottom together will have a lasting effect. Acknowledging the ability to navigate out of hardship will sustain through challenging times which lie ahead; there is another side and a new freedom. People who have worked through defeat, despair and addiction, come out the other side with an understanding, compassion and inspired perspective of the world.

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