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reach (rock) bottom

To reach the lowest or worst point of a decline. I knew I had reached rock bottom when I missed my son's birthday party because I was so hungover. That's when I knew I needed to get help. Prices have been falling for weeks during the crash, but the economy has finally reached bottom.
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It's often said that addicts only turn their lives around after reaching rock bottom.
While I do not blame CCFC problems for this reduction in enthusiasm entirely, such incidents of a manager headbutting a player, players spitting at each other, the abuse of referees and dubious club owners have also helped towards me reaching rock bottom.
After reaching rock bottom, Dock Ellis checked himself into rehab and stayed there longer than necessary, determined to be successful in his rehabilitation.
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After reaching rock bottom on the field, they are now staring into the abyss.
As for leadership qualities, James has them in abundance - and insists that after reaching rock bottom at half-time last week, when they trailed 4-1 to Leeds, West Ham are now set to prove they really are too good to go down.
After reaching rock bottom in school library standards and reading achievement [duh!] California has started to fund school library materials and school libraries.
The situation is rapidly reaching rock bottom when the dead are not allowed to rest in peace and the final memories of a family are destroyed.