Suicide is a word that strikes fear into the hearts of those who love someone with a substance abuse disorder. The thought that your loved one could harm themselves to the point of death is excruciating. There is no measure for the impact substance abuse and suicide can have on families and communities.
So, how does substance abuse effect an individual? How does it lead a person to attempt or commit suicide? Research has shown they share a close bond. Learn more about the relationship between substance abuse and suicide in men and women in the following guide.
Understanding the following cold, hard facts about addiction is important.
The overall opinion of experts is that suicide is becoming an epidemic in the nation that requires attention.
Any substance can lead to suicidal thoughts if taken improperly or abused. Every drug has side effects and a chance of addiction. The drug that stands out from the rest is opioids. Opioids include prescription drugs, heroin, and crystal meth.
According to addictioncenter.com, in 2015, 33,000 Americans died from suicide due to the abuse of opioids. The number of suicides occurring each year is steadily increasing.
The first cause is sudden life changes. When the unexpected happens, people often have a harder time coping. The feelings of grief in any circumstance can lead to a state of depression.
Second on this list is stigma. Society has placed a stigma on those who fight depression. They are called crazy, wackos, or recluses. Because of this, people long for a way out.
They may even choose a method of coping that involves drugs. The drugs give them a feeling of heroism. They can conquer the world and all of the negative thoughts leave their minds.
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