The Nature of Addiction by Roget Lockard, M.Ed.

Beginning With Fire

The Story of Addiction, Human Nature, and Evolution

Chapter Sketches

Chapter Seven — Indispensable Catastrophe

Hitting bottom. It is perilous, wrenching, deeply disruptive, life threatening — and, profound. Indeed, it is precisely because this state of being is so unsparing — it leaves no wiggle room — that it can catalyze transformations which are otherwise inaccessible. When one encounters the hitting bottom experience, one is fully, completely immersed in an essential truth regarding their life; a culmination of a mode of being which has bankrupted.

We examine the hitting bottom event from three complimentary perspectives; three angles on the hologram. These are:

While each of these renderings sheds a revealing light on this momentous event, the last most successfully conveys the fact that hitting bottom is, above all else, an existential crisis.

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Hitting bottom is when you are no longer willing to live with the person you have become.