Cocaine And Amphetamines Increasing The Risk Of SuicideRehabilitation News
Most Americans understand that drug use can alter a person’s behavior. Unfortunately, many still do not recognize the serious effects substance abuse can have on a person suffering from depression or suicidal thoughts. At the Crosby Clinic, we implement dual diagnosis treatment programs to help individuals battling co-occurring conditions like mental health disorders and substance abuse.
Unfortunately, individuals who abuse cocaine and amphetamines are at an increased risk of having suicidal thoughts. Studies have found that 22% of suicide victims have cocaine or another stimulant in their system at the time of death. Suicidal thoughts or behaviors are a very serious concern for individuals suffering from addiction and those who care about them.
Cocaine And Amphetamines: Back To The Roots
In 1532, the Western world began chewing on Coca leaves as a natural stimulant. It wasn’t until the late 19th century that scientists began producing cocaine for medicinal use. Regardless of the dangers associated with this substance, it continues to increase in popularity year after year. Cocaine is now the second most trafficked illegal substance around the world.
On the other hand, amphetamines were not created by scientists until 1887, where they were originally made from a combination of compounds that were added to the Ma-Huange plant of China. By the 1960s, these drugs were used across the world for recreational and medicinal purposes. In 1965, the drugs were classified as a prescription-only type of medication and categorized as “highly addictive.”
The Negatives Of Abuse
Although the use of cocaine and amphetamines can create an intense sense of euphoria and arousal in users, it can also cause severe mood swings, depression, frustration, and unpredictable emotions. Individuals experience severe mood instabilities because they trigger the release of dopamine and oxytocin in the brain. This unnatural response results in a rollercoaster of mental and emotional shifts.
Long-term abuse of cocaine and amphetamines can result in long-lasting negative consequences. Using these substances can cause individuals to crash and spiral into dangerous emotional lows.
As a person continues to abuse these substances without drug treatment, they continue to suffer the emotional downs associated with substance abuse. This can cause users to feel angry, irritable, severally depressed, and intensify suicidal thoughts and ideations. It is crucial for anyone suffering from this type of addiction to get substance abuse help as soon as possible. The consistent negative feelings, mixed with the increase is psychological disorders from substance abuse, can influence a person’s attempts of suicide.
Take Back Control Of Your Life With The Crosby Clinic
Our team of medical professionals at the Crosby Clinic understands the negative impacts substance abuse can have on a person’s life. Not only does substance abuse lead addicts to isolate themselves away from social interactions, but it can cause them to lose focus and dedication to work or going to school, and disrupt their family lives immensely. Our treatment programs focus on helping individuals overcome their addictions by developing safer and healthier lifestyle habits that carry them through sobriety. Contact the Crosby Clinic at (760) 751-1234 to get started today.