Suicide Prevention Notice

Suicide Prevention NoticeIn studies that examine risk factors among people who have completed suicide, substance use and abuse occurs more frequently among youth and adults, compared to older persons. For particular groups at risk, such as American Indians and Alaskan Natives, depression and alcohol use and abuse are the most common risk factors for completed suicide. Alcohol and substance abuse problems contribute to suicidal behavior in several ways. Persons who are dependent on substances often have a number of other risk factors for suicide. In addition to being depressed, they are also likely to have social and financial problems. Substance use and abuse can be common among persons prone to be impulsive, and among persons who engage in many types of high risk behaviors that result in self-harm. Fortunately, there are a number of effective prevention efforts that reduce risk for substance abuse in youth, and there are effective treatments for alcohol and substance use problems. Researchers are currently testing treatments specifically for persons with substance abuse problems who are also suicidal, or have attempted suicide in the past.

The National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA) in 2002 reported the following:

  • In 2000, approximately 3 million youths were at risk for suicide during the past year
  • Youths who reported past year alcohol or illicit drug use were more likely than youths who did not use these substances to be at risk for suicide
  • Only 36 percent of youths at risk for suicide during the past year received mental health treatment or counseling

Suicides among young people nationwide increased dramatically in recent years. Each year in the United States, thousands of teenagers commit suicide. Suicide is the third-leading cause of death for 15-to- 24-year-olds, and the sixth-leading cause of death for 5-to-14-year- olds. More than 50 percent of teens who commit suicide have a history of alcohol and drug use. That’ why young adult drug rehab is so important.

In many cases, it’s important that an alcohol and drug treatment or drug rehab focus on depression or thoughts of suicide along with the recovery from drug or alcohol abuse.



JaniceMarch 19, 2012 at 3:22 pm

So many of these problems–suicide depression, substance abuse–are connected. If teens, or anyone for that matter, is able to get the help they need to begin addressing one then eventually they can address them all.


JaniceMarch 19, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Suicide has become a real problem for many teens and young adults, as well as substance abuse. It really puts a lot on parents to recognize the signs before it’s too late.


JaniceMarch 19, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Addicts threaten to kill themselves. Particularly young generations and women attempt it. Depression increases the risk of attempting suicide, even social and financial issues are also reason for it. In addition to this, antisocial personality disorder (ASP) and drug abuse, which commonly occur in males who develop alcoholism early in life, attempt suicide.


JaniceMarch 19, 2012 at 3:22 pm

It has been observed that the substance abusers often hospitalized prior to their deaths. They do suicide out of the feelings of hopelessness and depression. Actually, there is a close relationship between suicidal behavior and alcoholism. Mental health problem is a big reason behind suicide.


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