Drug addiction and suicide

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Suicide is considered the eighth-dominant cause of death in the United States. Statistically, the unfortunate number of people who take their life is 29,000 annually. Half of that amount of all suicide attempts attributed to persons who were under the influence of alcohol and illegal drugs. Fully executed suicides took place amongst 25 percent of drug abusers and those with alcohol abuse problems.

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Drug addiction and suicide

  1. 1. Drug addiction and SuicideSuicide is considered the eighth-dominant cause of death in the United States. Statistically, the unfortunate number of people who take their life is 29,000 annually. Half of that amount of all suicide attempts attributed to persons who were under the influence of alcohol and illegal drugs. Fully executed suicides took place amongst 25 percent of drug abusers and those with alcohol abuse problems. There is an alarming number of suicide rate, reported amongst younger adults under the age of 30.The astonishing number of suicides among young people nationwide increaseddrastically in the recent years. The suicide rate as a cause of death, climbed to bethe third leading cause of death for young people age of 15 to 24 year old. Achilling statistics shows that the teens who commit suicide have a history ofalcohol and drug use, rose up fifty percent. Many other teens who attempted asuicide currently suffer from some type of depression.Substance use and suicide riskOne of the major basis of suicide and substance abuse mainly develops from adramatic personal loss or breaking point in the person’s life. This includes deathof someone close to the person, divorce or separation, traumatic event,accidents, loss of carrier or depleting of funds. Any person susceptible to this typeof at times unexpected life changes, and it can take a toll on the person entireworld. Many people find themselves at the end of the rope, with no prospects of
  2. 2. improvements or getting better. All of these matters can cause especiallyvulnerable person, or the person with drug addiction problem lead to suicidethinking, or an actual execution. In many cases, the drug addicts becomecompletely defenseless against a possibility of committing a suicide. As theirjudgment is clouded by drug consumption, and the mind infused byhallucinations, they may become victim of their own afflictions.Nevertheless, there is a staggering amount of drug addicts, who do notnecessarily undergo some dramatic events in their life, however experiencingdesolating due to their drug or alcohol addiction. While the person with drugaddiction and suicide ponders over the consequences brought upon by his drugaddiction, he or she may be driven to despair to commit unthinkable act.The addict state of mind is amplified by the events that take place in his life, andworsen progressively. Even the slightest provocation, can turn the addict in to aregrettable state of being, causing irrational thinking and fatal outcome.According to SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, byU.S. Department of Health Services :“The connection between substance abuse and suicide has not been sufficientlywell understood,” said Richard McKeon, Ph.D., M.P.H., Public Health Adviser forSuicide Prevention at SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services. “People inboth the mental health and substance abuse fields have likely had experiencesthat would demonstrate the connection, but I think that probably fewappreciate the magnitude of the relationship between substance abuse andsuicide.”http://www.samhsa.gov/samhsanewsletter/Volume_17_Number_1/SubstanceAbuseAndSuicide.aspxRISK FACTORS FOR COMPLETED SUICIDEThere is a considerable difference associated between the groups of people whoattempt suicide and those who execute one. According to some recentstatistics ,women are three times more likely than men to attempt suicide,
  3. 3. however men are three times more likely to commit suicide. Regardless of thesedistinguished statistics, suicide attempters are at a greater risk of completedsuicide. The following are the risk factors for completed suicide in substanceabusers:Depression.The depression comes as the high price amongst young males in their teen years.Between struggling alcoholics, the majority percentage of suicides takes placeamong men. To compare both groups effected by depression, alcoholic menreportedly commit suicide in their fifth and sixth-derived from decades ofalcoholism. Males with depression, without substance abuse problems, continueto be at the high suicide risk beyond age sixty. Nevertheless, drug abusers have ashorter life span prior to suicide.Long term Use.Continues drug and alcohol abuse makes the addicts prone to suicide attempts.Most of all alcoholic suicides occur among ongoing drinkers, and alcoholconsumption rapidly becomes a risk for suicide..Mental Conditions.Dual conditions- mental along with drug abuse problem, specifically depression,have become a major reason for the suicide of alcoholics and drug abusers. Themassive number of suicide victims exhibited depressive symptoms at the time oftheir death. Other known mental condition such as schizophrenia , mania, andASP are also associated with suicide in substance abusers.PreventionIt has been reported that in the time prior to their suicides, substance abusersoften see a doctor or are hospitalized for psychiatric problems. The patients whoreveal their suicide thoughts, may still be ambivalent about their decision to endtheir life. Combination treatment for substance abuse problems along with the
  4. 4. mental health problems of these individuals can help them to reconsider their intensions and unhealthy thoughts in regards to their fate. Figuring out potential suicide victims between the drug abusers is nearly impossible. Unfortunately, a lot medical care providers often fail to recognize the fatal combination of alcoholism and drug abuse in patients enwrapped in the signs of depression- resulting in suicide. For those patients, who are substance abuser who achieved suicide plans or has recently attempted suicide may need hospitalization, detoxification, or rehabilitation designed to encourage abstinence from alcohol and drugs abuse. Establishing , that a person at risk of suicide seeks treatment for mental health and substance abuse problems, maximum support from family and friends, and a supervision by a health-care professionals, can drastically reduce the risk of suicide. Here are some references from NIDA, for families seeking help and treatment options:• The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK) offers more than just suicide prevention—it can also help with a host of issues, including drug and alcohol abuse, and can connect individuals with a nearby professional.• The National Alliance on Mental Illness (www.nami.org) and Mental Health America (www.mentalhealthamerica.net) are alliances of nonprofit, self-help support organizations for patients and families dealing with a variety of mental disorders. Both have State and local affiliates throughout the country and may be especially helpful for patients with co morbid conditions.• The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) maintains a Web site (www.findtreatment.samhsa.gov) that shows the location of residential, outpatient, and hospital inpatient treatment programs for drug
  5. 5. addiction and suicide throughout the country. This information is also accessible by calling 1-800-662-HELP.• The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry each have physician locator tools posted on their Web sites at www.aaap.org and www.aacap.org, respectively. source http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction- treatment/frequently-asked-questions/where-can-family-members-go- information-treatment If you are looking for help for your loved one who is struggling with drug addiction, please call us today at Drug Addiction Hot Line at (855) 937-7342 http://addictionhotlinetoday.com/ dr25ug912addict

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