Under the premise of happiness, addiction ultimately steals joy from everyone it ensnares. Don’t let it keep you from enjoying a fun-filled summer. Whether you’re on a personal journey toward sobriety or have yet to declare war on the substance that holds you captive, summer can be fun entirely free from your Drug of Choice (DOC). Unconvinced? Read on. Continue reading →
Despite ongoing efforts to banish bullying of people who are part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH) reports that people who identify with the group face social stigma, discrimination, and other challenges more often than people who are heterosexual. The NIH says this group not only faces a greater risk of harassment and violence but also run an increased risk for various behavioral health issues, including addiction. In fact, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) reports that teenaged lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders are two times more likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol than their straight peers. Continue reading →
Steve Carell’s character reacts with outrage in the 2018 movie, Beautiful Boy, when a substance abuse counselor tells him that relapse is “part of recovery.” He replies: “That’s like saying that crashing is a part of pilot training.” Both characters are right. Relapse is often a part of addiction recovery. But it can wreak as much havoc on the people it touches as an airplane crash. Continue reading →
In the United States each year, more than 40,000 people die by their own hand. In fact, the 10th most common cause of death in our country is suicide. It is also the third leading cause of death of Americans aged 10-14 and the second leading cause for Americans aged 15-34.Although complicated and tragic, the good news is that suicide is often preventable as long as people pay attention and take action when they notice someone at risk. In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we want to focus this week’s blog post on suicide, because it is so often intertwined with depression and addiction, both of which we see quite often at MFI.
Substance Abuse & Suicide
Suicide, addiction, and depression form a symbiotic relationship. Experts agree that more than 90% of people who commit suicide do so because they suffer from depression, struggle with a substance abuse disorder, or both. Depressed people often turn to drugs and/or alcohol in a vain attempt to find relief. Unfortunately, their addictions fuel the depression, sending them back to their Drug of Choice (DOC). Feeling hopelessly caught in an endless cycle, addicts often attempt suicide.
Who is most at risk?
Struggle with depression, other mental disorders, or substance abuse disorders are generally more at risk of committing suicide than the general population.
Has a serious medical condition
Suffers from chronic pain
Previously attempted suicide
Family shares a history of a mental disorder or substance abuse, suicide, physical violence and/or sexual abuse
Keeping guns (and ammunition) in the home
Were recently released from jail or prison
Exposed to others’ suicidal ideation, such as those of family members, peers, or celebrities
How to Spot the Signs
Does someone you love?
Say they want to die or want to kill themselves?
Talk about feeling empty, hopeless, or without reason to live?
Make plans for a way to kill themselves? This can include searching online, stockpiling pills, or buying a weapon.
Mention they have a great guilt or shame?
Talk about feeling trapped or in despair?
Feel unbearable emotional or physical pain?
Say they are a burden to others?
Use alcohol or drugs more often than previously?
Act anxious or agitated?
Withdraw from family and friends?
Change eating and/or sleeping habits.
Show rage or mention their desire to seek revenge?
Engage in risky behaviors such as fast driving or drinking while driving?
Seem obsessed with death?
Display extreme mood swings, suddenly changing from very sad to very calm or happy?
Give away meaningful possessions?
Say goodbye to family and friends?
Develop an urgency to draft their last will and testament?
Don’t make the mistake of ignoring someone who expresses suicidal thoughts or actions. These often signal extreme distress, not a meaningless ploy for attention.
Throughout 10 facilities in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, we employ the Matrix Model, creating a personalized treatment program for each client. Various modalities can include behavior modification, 12-Step program introduction, cognitive behavioral therapy, and family systems techniques, including the family in group therapy. Treatment options include outpatient and inpatient detox, medication management (if appropriate), group therapy, individual therapy, relapse prevention education, and ongoing support after treatment. To find out more, call today (866) 218-4697, or for non-admission related information, contact us at (951) 683-6596.
While few deny that drug and alcohol use compromise quality of life for millions of affected Americans, its close companion, Overdose (OD), dramatically claims life itself. In fact, OD is currently the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Opioid addiction drives the epidemic, with more than 47,700 overdose-related deaths associated with prescription opioids and illicit drugs (heroin and illicit fentanyl). Continue reading →