Definition of Bottom:
A state of utter hopelessness, willing to admit complete defeat.

of Bottom:
Lowest point, lower-most, rock-bottom, etc.

These notes are from recovery in AA and/or related 12 step programs.
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We hope you find them helpful.

Love in fellowship.


The double standard that held me captive as an active alcoholic also filled me with terror and confusion: “If I don’t get a drink I’m going to die,” competed with “If I continue drinking it’s going to kill me.”

That bottom produced a total acceptance of my alcoholism – with no reservations whatsoever and one that was absolutely essential for my recovery. –Daily Reflections | More…

It was discovered that when one alcoholic had planted in the mind of another the true nature of his malady, that person could never be the same again. In the first years, those of us who sobered up in A.A. had been grim and utterly hopeless cases.

But then we began to have success with milder alcoholics and even some potential alcoholics. Of course, it was necessary for these newcomers to hit bottom emotionally. –As Bill Sees It  More… (p.209)


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