Suicide Prevention as Part of Addiction Treatment

Signs You Need Help

Suicide remains a troubling and prominent public health concern in the United Kingdom, with its impact disproportionately affecting the younger population. While the complex factors leading to suicide vary, they often coincide with underlying mental health issues. Conditions such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other mood disorders are common among those grappling with substance addiction. Moreover, the perilous interplay between these mental health challenges and substance misuse further compounds the already daunting difficulties in navigating life’s trials and tribulations.

Statistics on Substance Use and Suicidal Ideation

  • According to The Samaritans, about 200 young people die annually in our country.
  • A study published by the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology warns that people addicted to drugs prefer self-poisoning with drugs as a method of suicide.
  • A study revealed an increased probability of a diagnosis of depression for adults under medical supervision with substance use disorders.
  • Self-harm reporting went up by 62% between 2000 and 2014, claims mental health advocacy and support organisation MIND

Considering these statistics, our first recommendation for you is to write down the following emergency numbers. These are suicide prevention and assistance hotlines where you can reach out to when in need and find adequate, specific support for suicidal ideation:

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116 123

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)

0800 58 58 58 – 5 pm to midnight every day

Papyrus – prevention of young suicide HOPELINE247

0800 068 41 41

Childline – for children and young people under 19

0800 1111 – the number will not show up on your phone bill

SOS Silence of Suicide – for everyone

0300 1020 505 – 4 pm to midnight every day

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How The Providence Projects Help Fight Suicidal Ideation

As part of our residential rehabilitation programme, we focus on improving the underlying causes of addiction while also treating any mental health disorders within our experts’ specialities. This includes depression, anxiety, PTSD and schizophrenia.

We offer several therapeutic approaches that can address the issue of suicide and work to prevent it in those struggling with Substance Use Disorder (SUD):

Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is a widely used therapy for addiction treatment that helps recognise and modify unhealthy thought patterns and behaviours. It can be adapted to address suicidal thoughts by teaching coping skills, enhancing problem-solving abilities, and fostering resilience.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) combines cognitive-behavioural techniques with mindfulness strategies. It is particularly effective in treating self-destructive behaviours and borderline personality disorder, often linked to addiction and suicidal tendencies.

In cases where family dynamics contribute to addiction and suicidal thoughts, family therapy can be essential. It aims to improve communication, address enabling behaviours, and support individuals with SUD and their loved ones.

Peer support can be a powerful tool in addiction recovery and suicide prevention. Our group therapy sessions provide a safe space to share their struggles, learn from others’ experiences, and build a sense of community and belonging.

The choice of therapy or combination of therapies depends on individual needs and the severity of addiction and suicidal ideation. In many cases, our comprehensive treatment plan, which includes a combination of these therapeutic modalities, along with close monitoring and a strong support system. This is currently considered the most effective approach in preventing suicide among individuals with SUD.

Depression and addiction are inextricably linked. This dual diagnosis is common and studies have shown how the two mental health conditions often co-exist: the combination is a dangerous one and can p...