As one living with a family member who is seriously into drugs you will be down hearted seeing your loved one suffering from the scourge of addiction. It may become even more frustrating when all the efforts you have put in place to help appear not to be yielding any fruit. Therefore I want to ask you that what do you do when hope runs out of addiction recovery. With all the knowledge you have and the professional advice given duly followed yet the victim keeps to their unhealthy behavior what next? And have you ever wondered why suicide is the tragic fate of so many people struggling with addiction? In our pervious article doctor Dalal Akoury an addiction expert of many decades and also the proprietor of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center shared with us some of the elements concerning the painful suicidal nature of drug addiction and she is going to be with us throughout this discussion helping us to appreciate some of the possible explanations which may cause one to give up on life and contemplate suicide. Such levels of giving up can only occur when hope runs out of addiction recovery and this is very dangerous. Now let us consider some of the following as the possible occurrences when the thought of suicidal creeps in:
- When under the power and the influence of drugs or alcohol, such people are most likely to lose inhibitions and take risks they would not do when sober like committing suicide.
- Many people abuse drugs or alcohol in an attempt to relieve the symptoms of depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions.
- The rate of major depression is two to four times higher among addicts than the general population.
Although drugs may seem to help in the short term, they exacerbate problems over time. When attempting to stop using drugs, people may feel overwhelmed by the return of painful emotions that they had subjected to medication using drugs. They may also be clear-headed enough to carry out suicidal thoughts and plans. Transitions, such as entering or leaving treatment, relapse, and death, divorce or other major life changes, can be especially vulnerable times.
Abusing drugs, especially depressants such as alcohol or sedatives, can also trigger symptoms of depression thereby increasing the risk of suicide. As the consequences of addiction pile up, from legal problems and damaged relationships to financial ruin and job loss, individuals may lose all hope that things can get better and for some the feeling of impossibilities may take center stage where victims only see two possible ways of relief i.e. getting back into drugs use or death. In situations like these both the victim and their loved ones must work together objectively without apportioning blame. Helping one who is already giving up any hopes of ever recovering from his/her addiction can be quite challenging and that is why we are privileged to have doctor Dalal Akoury with us for professional advice and total treatment. We therefore want to recommend heavily that we need not to wait until the condition gets to this level. While we appreciate that denial is a major component of draw back in this journey, timely intervention is very important. Taking to doctor Dalal Akoury today will be of great help to you and your loved ones because up on scheduling for an appointment with her, she will professionally evaluate your individual condition and put you in the best treatment program that is tailored just for you and your unique condition.
The best way of solving the problem of suicide that is emanating from substance abuse is to prevent it from taking place however treatment will be very fundamental if you are already deep into drugs. The figures are very disturbing if the available estimated figures are anything to go by. Doctor Akoury is reporting that about 45% of suicide patients are those suffering from untreated drug abuse disorders. This great number is due to several factors including problems like stigma. Many people often fail to seek for help because of the stigma besides luck of proper training in suicide prevention. It is important therefore that people suffering from drug addiction owns up and make clear the acknowledgement of their habit early enough so that they can enrolled in a recovery program immediate. Doing this, will go a long way in containing the situation and suicide can be prevented as a result of treatment.
There are very few primary care physicians trained to help identify and prevent suicide nonetheless the few in administering treatment must not shy away from establishing the genesis of the problem by asking turf questions that would not otherwise be asked. Such questions will be helpful is addressing suicidal ideation even when the patient is struggling or has in the past been struggling with addiction, depression or other mental health disorders. It is important that someone ask the difficult question like; whether the patient has ever considered or attempted suicide or whether they are currently think about or intend to commit suicide. These are questions that are never asked yet they are very necessary so that victims can get help in good time because patients need to be shown love and let them know that they are not alone and that they are cared for. Impacting the spirit of hope in them is very vital. And this can be a collaborative effort between them and their loved ones to help create a lasting recovery plan that guarantees their safety and then addressing the underlying issues in trust by a trusted health provider.
Finally we are often worried about the addicts in our lives for good reason. This is so because they are at high risk of death by a number of causes including: diseases, accident and even suicide. We have talked much about suicide now but I still want to make emphasis that suicide prevention requires a multifaceted approach even though it all hinges on the person reaching out for help and effective treatment being available when they take that brave step of turning away from their behaviors. We must therefore make a firm decision of seek for help from well-respected professionals who will ensure lasting solution is achieved. In that respect, you may want to seek for expert opinion at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under Doctor Akoury’s care. And as we had mentioned before, Doctor Akoury is a medical professional with several decades of experience and together with her team of experienced experts they will focus on Neuroendocrine Restoration (NER) to reinstate normality through realization of the oneness of Spirit, Mind, and Body, Unifying the threesome into ONE