Suicide and Addiction
Are Suicide and Addiction Linked? When someone is suffering from an issue with addiction, there are many complications that can come along with that. These can include legal issues, family problems, declining health and even suicide. Suicide and addiction are absolutely linked. Addiction not only exponentially increases the likelihood that someone will commit suicide, but substances are often used as a means to commit suicide via overdose. According to the CDC, one in three people who die from suicide are under the influence of drugs. They are typically opiates such as oxycodone or heroin, or alcohol. When someone is suffering from substance abuse, they are more likely than not acting in ways that are very out of character. This can include anything from taking certain attitudes and having fights with loved ones, stealing from loved ones, falling into legal issues and even suicide ideation. Someone who might be thinking about suicide while under the influence of drugs or alcohol may not normally ever think of suicide if they were sober. Co-Occuring Disorders When someone is suffering from an addiction, it is because they have an underlying root cause that it is stemming from. This can include anything from depression, anxiety, trauma or other mood disorders. More than 90% of people who fall victim to suicide suffer from depression, have a substance abuse disorder, or both. When the underlying issue never gets treated, the addiction worsens and vice versa. It is a cycle that k...
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