True Stories of Addiction: Daniel
Daniel’s true story shows that families with addiction problems heavily influence the behaviors of others within the family. Daniel grew up living a normal life but alcohol abuse led him to suicidal thoughts and actions. Luckily, Daniel made the choice to reach out for help. He’s been sober now for almost 4 years and Daniel is an example that sobriety is possible, deserved and achievable.
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Suicide accounts for more than 30,000 deaths each year in the United States. It is currently the 11th leading cause of death among adults. While there are more than 30,000 deaths each year from suicide, there are even more attempts at suicide. Studies show that nearly 5 percent of all adults over the age of 18 have attempted suicide at least once in their lifetime.
While there are many factors that contribute to thoughts of suicide, mental health problems being the leading factor, substance abuse accounts for a large number of those who attempt suicide or die at their own hands every year. Those who suffer from some form of substance abuse are nearly 6 times more likely to attempt suicide in their lifetimes than people who do not have any sort of addiction. There are a number of stories of individuals who have attempted to take their own lives or at the very least, considered suicide as an option for ending their addiction. Evidence gathered from veterans indicates that men who have a substance abuse disorder are nearly 2.5 times more likely to commit suicide than those who are not addicted.
Some stories show that people who are dealing with substance addiction issues can heavily influence how others in their family behave. One specific example is Daniel, who grew up living a perfectly normal life. Alcohol abuse however, led him to consider suicide and although he is now treated for his addiction, had he not sought help he may have succeeded in his suicide attempts.
Other stories are similar and all of them are just as heartbreaking as Daniel’s story. There is a need to identify and diagnose substance abuse in order to prevent addicts from attempting suicide. The vast majority of people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol are not likely to die from suicide, although this is still an issue that must be further investigated. It is important for individuals who do have substance dependency issues and who may be at a higher risk for suicide to understand their problem and to seek help. It is equally important for those around them to understand the problem and to know when professional help is needed.
There are a number of factors for suicide that can apply to people who have addiction problems. Older men who are addicted to drugs or alcohol are at a much greater risk for attempts of suicide than younger people. Anyone who has attempted suicide in the past, whether or not they were addicted to a specific substance at the time, is at a greater risk for attempting suicide a second or even third time.
Depression is a leading cause of suicide and people dependent on drugs or alcohol can fall into depression quickly. Depression in someone who has an addiction problem can be a strong risk factor for suicide attempts, particularly given the strong link between substance abuse and overall mood disorders. Although it has not been proven specifically through research, mood disorders in those who have substance abuse disorders can cause an overwhelming risk of suicide.
Research does suggest that some people who have specific types of substance dependency may be at a higher risk for suicidal behavior. Those who use cocaine, sedatives and opiates for instance, may be at a higher risk than someone who is an alcoholic or someone who is dependent on other types of drugs. With regards to alcoholism, a greater severity of drinking has been linked to a greater risk of attempting suicide. Those who are addicted to alcohol along with drugs of some sort are at a much higher risk for attempting suicide than someone who is addicted to just one substance.
It is important that anyone who has attempted suicide in the past as well as anyone who has an addiction in general learn how to get the help that they need. Recovery for all addictions is possible and can help to eliminate thoughts of suicide. If an underlying problem, such as depression for instance, is also found then professional help may be needed to get that person on the right road to recovery. There are a number of programs available to help victims of substance abuse and their families to overcome these addictions and live perfectly normal lives. Suicide does not cure an addiction. It simply causes emotional distress and confusion for loved ones. Those who are dependent on drugs or alcohol can find the help that they need to eliminate these thoughts of self-harm and recover from their addictions.