Helping an addict not to commit suicide

When someone takes their life, it is termed as suicide. And there are various reasons why people would take their life. One of the reasons why people commit suicide is because of their addiction. Now, addiction is a notable mental health problem which makes some addicts susceptible to suicide.  

People who commit suicide do not do it because they want to die. The main aim of committing suicide is because they want to end whatever pain or distress they are going through. And this is one of the misdeeds of addiction combined with mental health problems.

When addiction is in play, it modifies the brain, it changes the way the individual think, and this is why mental health problems set in. Someone who is mentally sound would think of resolving problems by meeting people who can help.

While someone who is addicted would prefer to die because they feel there is no hope for them.

People who are susceptible to suicide need to be helped because it is no fault of theirs. Once you have spotted some of the warning signs, it is crucial to draw them closer and provide help for them.

The first step of providing help for an addict is to recommend that they seek treatment for addiction.

When an addict enters for addiction treatment, the first thing they would learn is about their addiction. Furthermore, for their addiction to progress, they would have to accept that they have an addiction problem.

Once addicts can accept their addiction problem, it becomes easy for the addiction counselor to conduct a thorough evaluation on the addict and use it to create a treatment plan.

The counselor also assists by helping the addicts with their mental health problem. Bearing in mind that some of them must have considered suicide in the past. The counselor gives them hope that they can have their better lives and win their life’s challenges.

The moment an addict enters for addiction treatment, the prospects of committing suicide is greatly reduced.

The concept of suicide and the risk factors

Suicide is defined as the process of taking one’s life by self-induced actions or help from an external party. The concept of suicide is a personal decision, and there are plethora of reasons why an individual would want to take his or her life.

Before a person resorts to suicide, there are some warning signs that the person displays which portends that the individual is about to take his or her life. Hence, it is important to always look out for your loved ones if they’re displaying any of these signs.

Risk factors are also known as warning signs and some of them are listed below.

  • Talking about hopelessness: When an individual is always talking about how hopeless or dejected they are, there is a tendency that they might commit suicide. For people like this, it is vital not to leave them all by themselves.
  • Talking about no reason to live: People who are susceptible to committing suicide always talk about how unpleasant life is, and how they are tired of it. It would not be surprising if people like this commit suicide because they have been giving warning signs all along.
  • Engaging in excessive substance abuse: If you find someone who excessively consumes alcohol and drugs, there is a big chance that they are contemplating suicide. One reason why suicide prospects abuse alcohol and drugs is because, they want to forget all what they are going through.

They see these substances as a means of escape. Hence, they commit fully to it.

  • Anger/ Seeking revenge: Although, it depends on the temperament of the individual, people who often seek revenge are likely to commit suicide. In their quest to take revenge on people who have hurt them, they end up doing this that drives them to committing suicide.
  • Extreme anxiety: Someone who is extremely agitated or anxious is clearly afraid of something or suffering from a mental health problem. And there is a likely chance that the individual would commit suicide to escape from what they are afraid of.  


Suicide is the intentional act of taking one’s life based on individual doings. Suicide due to addiction are among the major problems which are induced by alcohol and drugs.

When someone is addicted to either drugs or alcohol, there are some side effects and dire consequences which comes with it. In all countries, drugs and alcohol are major contributors to violence.

Addiction to alcohol and drugs does not just end with the adverse effects which it has on a country, it also majorly influences suicide.

Suicide happens dramatically, unexpected, and most times we wonder why the individual resorted to ending his or her life.

There is no known single cause of addiction, rather there are factors which result in addiction.

One of the major causes of suicide being committed by addicts, is mental health problems.

Now, in the first place, the presence of mental health problems could be the reason why they started abusing substances and became addicted eventually.

When they started at first, they probably felt those substances would help them get over their problems. However, it became impossible in the long run.

When the individual comes to realize that those mental health problems still linger on, and he or she is still an addict. The next possible line of action is to take their lives.

This would seem like the best solution for them. In addition, another cause could be history of violence in the family.

Not everyone comes from a peaceful home, and not every member of the family has the mental capacity to deal with the problems which arise as a result of violence in the home.

Therefore, the person could become addicted in the process, and suicide would most likely occur in the long run if the person does not seek treatment.

Addicts need to be given hope that they can get better irrespective of how severe their addiction is. It is a known fact that as addicts, thoughts of committing suicide would cross their minds at every point.

However, with the help of a therapist or a counselor, he or she would be able to pull through and conquer this phase.