For many who struggle with substance use disorders, there exists an increased risk of suicide. But how are suicide and addiction linked? Several factors contribute to suicide, and many overlap with those of addiction. Read on to explore the connection between addiction and suicide, and how suicidal ideation and addiction can be treated as co-occurring disorders.
Several key factors can be attributed to a higher risk of suicidal ideation, and many are the same factors linked to a higher occurrence of substance abuse and drug addiction.
Many risk factors of suicide are also linked to substance abuse. It’s common for individuals with suicidal thoughts to also have a co-occurring substance use disorder (SUD). When exploring the risk factors of suicide, it’s important to note the overlap between those of SUD.
When exploring the connection between suicide and substance abuse, it’s important to note that certain populations are linked to higher suicide rates, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, and drug addiction. Younger adults who attempt or commit suicide are also more likely to also have a substance use disorder.3
There are many effective methodologies to treat suicidal ideation as a co-occurring disorder with substance abuse. Seeking the help of a mental health professional through therapy or counseling can allow an individual to navigate their emotions, recover from trauma, and make healthier choices.
Help is also possible through the education and support of various suicide prevention groups and mental health organizations. There are groups specifically to support at-risk populations with higher suicide rates, as well as groups that focus on the education and prevention of certain suicide methods. For some, treatment may involve prescribed medication by their healthcare provider to best manage the symptoms of mental health disorders that increase the risk of suicide or addiction.