By some estimates, people who are in the grip of an addiction are as much as six time more likely to commit suicide. This is due, in large part, to the fact that people with substance abuse problems are very likely to experience depression, and depression is the number one risk factor for suicide. In addition, being under the influence of drugs or alcohol impairs a person’s judgement which can lead to them following through with an act that they wouldn’t commit while sober. As we tell people at our detox center in Sacramento, it’s important to understand the relationship between a person’s addiction and their thoughts of taking their own life.
Why Suicide is So Common with Addiction
The specific emotions that lead a person who is fighting addiction to attempt suicide often include:
- Most people who have a substance abuse problem have tried, if only in their head in some cases, to get sober. When they fail repeatedly they begin to believe that they are beyond help.
- When it seems like there is no way out of an addiction, people lose hope. And when hope is gone, they are in a very dark place.
- Drug and alcohol addiction can easily lead to feelings of intense and unending sadness, where nothing and no one has the ability to raise their spirits.
- On the way to becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol, and certainly after they’ve become addicted, people tend to have a long list of things that they desperately wish they hadn’t done.
- One of the most painful things about addiction is that it slowly but surely breaks your connections with the people you care about most. This leaves you with few relationships, and ones that are shallow at best.
All it Takes is a Spark
Despite all the weight that these emotions put on a person’s shoulders, all it takes in many instances is a tiny flicker of hope to shed them and start moving in the right direction. For many people, a brief conversation with a counselor and the very beginnings of a plan for getting help can provide the spark. Call our Sacramento detox center today to learn about our programs.
If you or a loved one is contemplating suicide, help is available 24/7 through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255.