Study Finds Quarter of Suicide Victims are Intoxicated at Time of Death
After reviewing 58,000 suicide cases from across the US, researchers concluded that alcohol played a definite – and tragic – role in these deaths. While numbers varied by gender and ethnic background, on average, nearly a quarter of those who killed themselves were legally drunk when they did so.
The legal limit for drunkenness is .08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC). This is the limit that can get one ticketed or arrested if caught driving. While the report did not describe upper limits of drunkenness involved in suicide, certainly some victims would have had much higher BACs.
Groups that had higher ratios of suicide were:
- Men, especially young men
- Native Americans and Alaskan Natives
- US military veterans
- The poorly educated
- Those living in rural areas
Factors found to be involved in these deaths, particularly for young men, were financial problems, relationship difficulties and situations with arrests and incarceration.
People who committed suicide while drunk also tended to use more violent means, such as falls and shootings.
The tragedy is that suicide deaths are 100% preventable if a person can find the help they need. If addiction is part of the equation as well, a person can become despondent and depressed about ever recovering. When a quarter of suicide victims are intoxicated at the time of death, eliminating alcohol as a solution to stress can help these people maintain an objective grip on their lives that could prevent these suicides.
How Addiction Can be Overcome
It’s unfortunate that so many people are told that they must always consider themselves an addict, that addiction is a “chronic, relapsing disease” like diabetes or heart disease. Many rehab programs work hard to sell this model of addiction. When this is the belief, the solution is so often a very long course of medications that are intended to “treat” this physical disease, but the addicted people may not find recovery.
At Narconon, Drug Addiction Recovery is Possible
At Narconon, drug addiction is not treated by giving a person substitute drugs for extended periods of time. Instead, a person is guided through a process of recovering health, rebuilding clear thinking, learning new life skills, reducing cravings through detoxification. These steps, to result in a drug-free life, take time. For most people, three to five months, sometimes longer. But it is time well spent.
Each person goes through the recovery phase called the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program. This phase utilizes time in a sauna with moderate daily exercise and nutritional supplements. This combination causes the body to dispose of stored toxins that remain behind after past drug use. These toxins have been shown to be involved in the triggering of cravings, even years after a person stops using drugs or drinking.
When the residues are gone, a person has a brighter outlook and more energy. He or she can think more clearly. Most people state that their cravings are reduced or even gone.
Life Skills Must Follow
This is not the end of recovery but just the beginning of life skills training. Each person learns such skills as choosing associates and friends who will support a sober life and how to handle those who might lead one back into substance abuse. He learns also step-by-step methods of repairing relationships with family, friends, and others in the community that he may have harmed while using drugs.
The list goes on – the way Narconon addiction recovery works to bring about sobriety is thorough.