Addiction and Suicide

addiction and suicide often go hand in hand

The connection between suicidal thoughts and substance abuse or addiction has long been recognized by the medical community. While depression and other external and internal factors contribute to suicide, substance abuse in many cases is directly related. Through dedicated counseling and both traditional and non-traditional treatment methods however, one can overcome their suicidal tendencies while triumphing over addiction. We wanted to help raise awareness of the serious epidemic that addiction and suicide pose to our community and offer our dedicated inpatient recovery services for help.

According to a 2012 study by the CDC, Utah had the 5th highest suicide rate (age adjusted) with a rate of 21.0 suicides per 100,000. The national average at the time was only 12.6 suicides per 100,000 meaning that Utah has nearly double the national average of suicides. Utah poses many unique factors that can be contributing factors in these high figures including cultural pressures, substance addiction and abuse, and mental wellness. When one is dealing with substance abuse or drug addiction, the pressures mounted on them might seem higher due to the unique predominant culture found here in Utah. In fact, substance abuse alone is the second most common risk factor for suicide, only after major depression/bipolar disorders (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide#Substance_use )

Finding a recovery center that specializes in substance addiction AND mental wellness is key in providing a path to recovery and continued good physical and mental health. There are many ways to help prevent suicide in recovery including:

  • Seeking professional advice. Depression coupled with substance abuse can be a toxic combination that well meaning mentors and friends may not recognize. Finding and utilizing professional help can give you the clarity needed to move forward in recovery.
  • Being open about your concerns and actually TALKING about them can be extremely beneficial. Whether it be privately with a trusted friend or in a group setting, actually putting the concern out there can help. Keeping these struggles internalized can be risky and potentially side-track their recovery.  
  • Learn new coping strategies. Essentially rebuilding your coping mechanism without the addiction is one of the most important things one can do on the road to recovery. Setting new, healthy habits both mentally and physically will do wonders for removing the concern of suicide. We take the time to create and develop healthy coping strategies that go beyond your stay at our inpatient rehab facility.

If you or someone you know may be struggling with addiction and suicidal thoughts, please do not hesitate to reach out. If you fear it is serious please contact local authorities for help as soon as possible. Remembering that “suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem” means that there is always something that can be done to help.