According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately one million people die each year from suicide. It’s predicted that by 2020, the rate of suicide will increase to one death every 20 seconds. People with addictions are at an increased risk of committing suicide. Sometimes, this risk is overlooked because family, friends and health care providers are completely focused on a person’s recovery. The goal of treatment is to provide hope that you can live a fulfilling, joyful life without illicit drugs or alcohol.
What Causes Suicide?
In the last decade, suicide has been claiming an increasing number of lives. Individuals suffering from mental health disorders often attempt to self-medicate with alcohol and drugs to ease emotional and psychological pain. On the other hand, substance abuse disorders can also lead to mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, which can lead to suicidal thoughts, plans and actions.
Common causes of suicide include:
- Substance abuse
- Mental health disorders
- Financial problems
- Poor physical health
- Personal problems
Today, sociologists believe that several factors can cause a person to end their own life. Potential causes of the growing suicide rate may include increasing rates of chronic diseases, high bankruptcy and health care costs, decreased participation in organized religion and an increase in the number of individuals living alone. Despite these common causes of suicide, some people decide to take their own life without a substance abuse disorder or any history of depression.
Alcoholism, Drug Addiction and Suicide: A Connection?
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), suicide is the leading cause of death in people already suffering from an addiction. According to a study conducted by the Archives of Suicide Research, up to 60 percent of people who took their own lives had a history of substance abuse.
Research shows that suicidal thoughts and actions are higher in individuals with a substance use disorder and co-occurring mental illness. Mental health disorders, substance use disorders and suicidal behavior are all treatable. If you or a loved one is suffering from any of these ailments, know there is hope. Drug rehabilitation facilities and treatment providers can offer help to those struggling with suicidal thoughts or have exhibited suicidal behavior.
Addiction Treatment and Suicide Prevention
Gateway is the largest nonprofit treatment provider specializing in substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders, and has been serving the Illinois area for over 50 years. We provide life-saving addiction treatment and are with you for life. Our experienced team of doctors, psychologists and licensed clinical staff utilize an interdisciplinary approach that draws on evidence-based treatment practices and treats coexisting disorders.
At Gateway, we treat underlying issues like trauma, loss, grief, depression and anxiety — not just drug and alcohol addiction. Contact us today for more information about our addiction and suicide prevention treatment options. Get your life back with treatment that works!