Understanding the Link Between Addiction and Mental Health
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide is now the ninth leading cause of death in the US. In addition, suicide rates have been on the rise in nearly every state since 1999. Suicide is also a leading cause of death for people aged 10-34 and accounts for more than 45,000 deaths yearly. Here are a few fast facts to consider.
Fact #1: There's a Clear Relationship Between Suicide and Substance Use
To understand why suicide rates are so high, it's important to look at the relationship between suicide and substance use. Research shows that alcohol and drug use only account for a small percentage of suicides overall. However, there is a link between substance use and suicidal behavior. People who struggle with sobriety are more likely to attempt or die by suicide than those who don't struggle with addiction.
Fact #2: The Role of Mental Health During Recovery is a Big Factor
Mental health awareness and treatment are the most significant factors in preventing suicides. Unfortunately, many people who struggle with mental health issues don't get help until it's too late.
Mental illness is often a major factor in suicides, especially among younger people. In fact, more than half of all people who die by suicide have a mental illness.
Fact #3: Prevention and Treatment Are Vital
One of the most important things we can do to prevent suicides is to provide resources and support for struggling people. Many organizations help people struggling with suicidal thoughts or mental health issues. If you or someone you know needs help, know there are resources in place to help. Please don't hesitate to reach out.
Fact #4: Resources Are Available
If you or someone you know needs help, please don't hesitate to reach out to one of the following organizations:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 9-8-8 from any phone line
Crisis Text Line: Text "HOME" to 741-741
SAMHSA National Helpline: 1-800-662-4357
Arizona Addiction Recovery Center
Decision Point Center is a leading addiction treatment center in Arizona that offers a variety of programs and resources for those struggling with addiction. We offer everything from detoxification and inpatient care to outpatient services and sober living options. If you or someone you know needs help, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.