Substance Abuse Turns to Suicide for Country Star
McCready struggled with mental illness alongside her substance abuse problems and had attempted suicide before. Many studies, including one published in an Israeli journal, show that such dual diagnosis patients are at greater risk for committing suicide then those who are only chemically dependent. Without continued support for both mental health and addiction, a dually diagnosed addict risks relapse. McCready’s abuse of drugs, alcohol and struggles with mental illness and previous suicide attempts all increased her risk for suicide.
Dual diagnosis treatment is essential to help an addict regain mental health while addressing addiction issues at the same time. Treatment for dual diagnosis doesn’t end with rehab–addiction treatment is only the beginning. Continuing care to deal with mental health issues is essential.
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please call 1-800-273-8255. Talk to someone.
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