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Friday, July 20, 2012

Hitting Bottom and Finding Recovery

English: Publicity photo of Elton John from th...
English: Publicity photo of Elton John from the 1975 Rock Music Awards. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Addiction recovery professionals often speak of how the alcoholic and/or addict needs to hit bottom before they are willing to accept help for their disease. It is called "hitting bottom" and is often defined (according to About.com) as 'the place an alcoholic must reach before he finally is ready to admit that he has a problem and reaches out for help.'

What does hitting bottom look like? It can be getting your first or seventh DUI. It can be spending a night or two in jail. It can be rushing to an emergency room because of an overdose or severe alcohol withdrawal (delirium tremens -DTs). It can be flunking out of school. It can be losing your job due to too many absences. Or it can be as simple as just waking up one day and realizing that you are tired of being and feeling sick and tired. Hitting bottom is personal and everyone in recovery will have a different story about their bottom.

The miracle of recovery and support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous(AA) is that when one finds recovery they examine their life and look for ways of giving back. It is important to understand that giving back like hitting bottom is personal. It does not require elaborate acts, on the contrary, giving back is what you are capable doing for others given your own abilities. It can be volunteering at a soup kitchen. It can be speaking at high schools venues about your recovery. It can be accepting a weekly responsibility at one of your AA meetings. It can be helping a neighbor with their chores. It can be helping another alcoholic or addict by introducing them to AA. It can be setting an example for others working for a cause sharing your own miracle of recovery.

This week Elton John sat down with Matt Lauer of the Today Show and talked about his life and how he hit bottom. Sir Elton John has a new book "Love Is The Cure" in which he tells his story. We would like to share Matt Lauer's two part interview with Elton John. He shares his miracle and talks about his efforts of working with others for many causes.

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Sir Elton John has been sober since the fall of 1990. Hitting bottom, finding recovery and giving back are all steps for achieving and maintaining sobriety. One day at a time.
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