Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in America, killing more people each year than car accidents. In certain age groups, such as people aged 10 to 42 years old, it is the second leading cause of death. For example, in 2013 there were over 41,000 deaths due to suicide. Aside from deaths due to intoxication, the intense psychological distress caused by withdrawal and post-acute withdrawal can lead to suicidal ideation; sometimes for long periods after drug or alcohol use has ceased. Finding effective treatment is extremely important if someone hopes to safely and successfully recover. 1
What Is Suicidal Ideation Treatment?
The goal of treatment for suicidal ideation is to reduce the incidence of these thoughts and, most importantly, to reduce the severity and impact of thoughts of suicide. This type of thinking may be fairly common during drug or alcohol withdrawal, and through effective treatment, the intensity and frequency of these types of thoughts can be reduced. This is a crucial treatment consideration as suicidal ideation can, of course, end in a successful suicide attempt in the worst case, but unsuccessful attempts can still produce devastating consequences.
Thoughts of suicide are, unfortunately, not uncommon during drug or alcohol withdrawal. This can be a result of the psychological and neurological distress that results from suddenly losing such a powerful, although unhealthy, coping mechanism as substance use. A 2016 study by SAMHSA found that out of all suicide deaths in America, 22% involved alcohol, 20% involved opiates, and just over 10% involved marijuana. While suicidal ideation and addiction are distinct conditions, there is certainly a strong connection between the two. For example, some of the greatest contributing factors to someone’s risk of attempting suicide is the duration of drug use, and whether or not they used heroin intravenously. 3
Importance of Treatment
Finding effective, compassionate care is critical in not only overcoming addiction and suicidal thoughts but also in helping to develop the skills to live a happy life free from drugs and alcohol. In a dual diagnosis setting, treating the addiction is only half of the battle. The underlying or co-occurring mental health issues can cause great discomfort and, subsequently, increase the risk of relapse and overdose if they are not addressed.
- In those with severe mental illnesses, suicidal ideation can occur suddenly and intensely. In crisis situations such as these, it would be wise to have resources at hand to provide intervention services. For more information regarding suicide awareness, prevention, and intervention take a look at our Suicide Prevention Resource Guide.
The approach taken at The Summit Wellness Group in the treatment of dual diagnosis addiction and mental health issues is to use the widest range of safe and effective tools, so as to provide clients with the best possible chances of recovery. We utilize the latest medications and psychiatric care practices alongside clinical therapy and holistic therapies. We aim to treat and heal the entire person, as this has proven to provide the best long-term outcomes for those who have struggled with co-occurring mental health issues and addiction.
Types of Treatment
Our diverse and complementary treatment approach includes many different disciplines. These include:
- Psychiatric Care
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
- Fitness Therapy (such as hiking, walks, climbing, etc.)
- Meditation and Mindfulness Therapy
- Yoga and Chiropractic Care
- Group Therapy
These treatment approaches can be assembled in a variety of comprehensive treatment plans; plans which can fit any lifestyle or set of needs. Some of our different treatment regimes include:
- Sober Living: This is a sober housing unit where someone may live in a safe environment while attending our day programs.
- Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP): Our most comprehensive treatment option, the PHP program is 30 hours per week of treatment.
- Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP): The IOP program is a more standard option, offering treatment for 9 hours per week, split up however is most appropriate; day or evening classes, available several days out of the week. This is our most flexible and accessible option as it allows for greater treatment customization to fit someone’s schedule.
The benefits of dual diagnosis treatment cannot be overstated. Failure to receive treatment for a mental health issue can be a major driver for someone to return to drug or alcohol use, so addressing both the addiction and any underlying mental health issue is imperative if someone hopes to achieve long-term recovery. Aside from addressing these pre-existing conditions, the comprehensive treatment provided at The Summit Wellness Group can give someone tools that they can use throughout the rest of their life. The end goal for us is to help give people the skills and knowledge to live a happy, fulfilling life free from addiction and mental health issues.