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Where is Rock Bottom?

I always hear people say, "I am at my rock bottom". I would see this same person months later and they are even worst than they were before. Is rock bottom a place where people can't get any lower and if they don't stop they will die? I know for me rock bottom was a game, like Russian Roulette, I always won. I was unstoppable. If their was a line that said "if you cross this line you would die", I would cross it to see if I would but I didn't die. I would just wake up the next morning and think, how crazy I was for trying. I was so tired of hurting in life that it was excitement that kept me from feeling depressed.

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Rock Bottom stops being fun when it gets harder to climb up, the older you get, the further the climb. I can never tell when someone has hit rock bottom. All I know is talking about climbing is not leaving the rock bottom. Expressing to someone that they are at rock bottom is a waste of time, it is better to reach a hand out, let them know you are there, and wait until they are ready climb.

If you are alive, you have not hit rock bottom. Don't wait until you hit a fictional place that always gets lower. Recovery can start anywhere. Look up and see all of the hands reaching down for you. Grab one and start climbing. When you get to the top then look down and then and only then will you see your true Rock Bottom.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I Am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” - Isaiah 41:10

David Brooks