Teen Suicide Rehab Program
At Visions Teen Treatment Centers, we understand the profound risk substance abuse adds to the suicide risk and we are prepared to treat both issues at the same time to improve the odds of success. To learn more about our treatment programs, contact Visions Teen Treatment Centers in Los Angeles and Malibu at 866-889-3665.
Learn About Teen Suicidality
Teen suicide is a serious concern. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies teen suicide as the third-leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 15 and 24, surpassed only by homicide and accidents. Environmental, social and psychological factors can all increase a teen’s risk for suicide. While studies have shown increases in suicidality have coincided with increases in substance abuse in recent years, the actual cause and effect has yet to be determined.
Substance abuse can significantly impact the chemical balance of the brain, leading to severe depression and suicidal thoughts. If the person tries to stop taking the drug, withdrawal can cause feeling of worthlessness or hopelessness that contribute to depression. On the other hand, when depression is allowed to continue as an undiagnosed mental illness, the person might turn to drugs or alcohol as a means of “self-medicating” or reducing their symptoms. When substance use doesn’t work, suicidal thoughts may eventually develop.
Prevention & Symptoms of Suicidality
In some cases, symptoms may precede actual suicidal thoughts or attempts:
- Extreme changes to behavior or personality
- Disruptions to sleeping or eating habits
- Loss of interest in activities
- Withdrawal from friends and family
- Anxiety or panic attacks
- Lack of attention to personal hygiene
- Feelings of sadness or worthlessness
- Extreme defiance, or destructive behavior
Suicide attempts increase significantly when underlying factors like depression and substance abuse are present, studies have shown. Effectively treating substance abuse and addiction can have a positive impact on the rates of both suicide attempts and completed suicides.