Co-Ocurring Disorders and Suicide Ideation
When people have undiagnosed or unaddressed mental health issues, it is common to turn to substance abuse as a way to cope. Unfortunately, this can turn into addiction issues that can then exacerbate feelings of hopelessness, irritability, and even thoughts of suicide.
In light of Suicide Prevention Month, the experts at The Good Life Treatment Center are here to shed some light on how drug and alcohol abuse can often lead to this unfortunate outcome.
Why Mental Health Should Be Part of Addiction Treatment
For many people facing substance abuse and addiction issues, having co-occurring disorders is a part of their reality. A co-occurring disorder is a mental illness or mood disorder that someone may be dealing with by turning to drugs or alcohol as a means to self-medicate.
While this may be able to provide temporary relief from their thoughts and feelings, it typically leads to addiction issues and more intense symptoms down the line. This makes it imperative that mental health treatment is integrated into substance abuse and addiction treatment programs.
If left unaddressed, co-occurring disorders can manifest as the following behavioral changes:
- Extreme mood swings.
- Withdrawing from social settings.
- Anger issues.
- Anxiety and paranoia.
- Letting go of relationships.
- Changes in sleeping habits.
- Changes in eating habits.
- Suicidal thoughts.
Suicide Prevention Resources
Remember that suicide is not inevitable—it is preventable. If you notice that a loved one is displaying signs of suicide ideation, be sure to use the following resources:
- Call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
- Text SIGNS to 741741 for free anonymous counseling.
- Call 911 for emergency services.
Seeking Help at The Good Life Treatment Center
At The Good Life Treatment Center, we’re a different kind of treatment center—we believe in the treatment and recovery of the body, mind, and spirit. We’re committed to working with you to help remove the burdens of shame and guilt that addiction so often brings. We think there’s a better, freer way to live life.