Intervention and the Rock Bottom Lie

There is an old saying that someone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol has to hit rock bottom before they will accept the concept of admitting themselves to a drug or alcohol treatment facility.

Frankly, that’s a bald-faced lie. Nothing could be further from the truth, and those who subscribe to that theory risk the lives of family and friends who would be rightfully classified as a substance abuser.

Perhaps you know an abuser. After all, one in ten people in the United States has had, is having or will have a substance abuse problem. Perhaps you have even confronted the abuser and met with resistance along the lines of “Oh, I have everything under control,” or “Get out of my face and leave me alone!”

If you have experienced that kind of response, it’s time to turn to a professional interventionist…and the time is right now before the situation gets worse.

The whole point of an intervention is to raise the height of “bottom” and not wait until the abuser hits “bottom” on their own, when it may, in fact be too late.

At Wits End Interventions, we have conducted literally hundreds of such interventions, and our success rate is an unparalleled 98 percent.

If this sounds like something you should explore further, you are invited to call us at 949-292-2000. We are here to listen and help.

11 Stress Management Tips: Life Lessons from Rock Bottom

Stress is a killer, whether you're homeless and addicted to meth like I once was, or if you're a single mom juggling a full time career and a family, like I am now. I’m a licensed clinical social worker helping clients overcome alcoholism using these 11 Stress Management Tips, and I’m currently working on my first book called Life Lessons from Rock Bottom.

These tips are useful for everyone, no matter what you’re going through. So, let’s get started. Here are some of the most useful tips I’ve found on managing your stress in everyday life:

  • Eliminate stress triggers. If you know certain things that stress you out, eliminate them from your every day. Is it busy traffic on the way to work? Take a different route. Is it disturbing news on the radio? Listen to an audiobook instead.
  • Just say no. If you find your stress is coming from being overwhelmed with tasks, just say no next time you feel you’re close to your limit.
  • Don’t let people walk all over you. If you ever feel you don’t have a choice in a situation, change the situation. It’s your life and you deserve to live it the way that makes you happy.
  • Breathe. When you’re feeling anxious; breathe deeply from your diaphragm (instead of shallow chest breathing that most do). Count to 10, exhale, and repeat. 
  • Take time for a massage. Massage your palm by making a circular motion with your thumb.
  • Smile. I promise it will make you feel much better. 
  • Focus on the little things. When you feel especially down, focus on the small things that make you happy – including the positive qualities about yourself. 
  • Realize what you can and can’t change. When something is really stressing you out, take a deep breath and just think about it. If you missed your 8 a.m. bus and have to take the next one, there’s nothing you can do about it now. Instead, sit back, relax, and take the next bus.
  • Be realistic. Setting goals are a great way to move forward, but make sure the goals are realistic. Often, people set lofty goals and get stressed out when they don’t reach them. Instead, make your goals challenging, yet within reach. You’ll find yourself much happier. 
  • Take a breather. When you’re really frustrated with a situation, take a few deep breaths and a short walk. Sometimes just being in nature, away from the stressful situation, can help immensely. 
  • Make someone else feel good. Studies have shown that doing something nice for another individual can help you feel better as well. If you help alleviate their stress, it will help alleviate yours. Next time you’re at a restaurant and the server is working extra hard, leave him or her an extra big tip.

Keep the above tips in mind when you’re feeling especially stressed out. They can make the difference between a great day and one that leaves you wanting more.

About the Author:

Angela Weber's a licensed clinical social worker specializing in addiction recovery and writing her first book - Life Lessons from Rock Bottom based on personal and professional observations from the past 20 years of her life.