The Risks of Addiction and Mental Health

“The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).” 

A person who suffers from addiction and a mental health condition can have a hard time trying to ask for help. There is a stigma surrounding addiction and mental health that can prevent them from asking for help or talking to someone. Addiction can make a person feel worthless, helpless, and hopeless and symptoms of mental health disorders can heighten those feelings.

Effects of mental health and addiction

There is no shame in reaching out for help when you experience unbearable pain and debilitating despair. Depression, PTSD, and other trauma-related disorders can lead to suicidal thoughts, which can be heightened with the use of drugs or alcohol. If left untreated, addiction and mental health issues can worsen and lead to serious health complications or death.

People who appear happy, are wealthy, and in good health are not immune to suicidal thoughts. When a person is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they may lose inhibitions and take risks they ordinarily would not. Some people abuse drugs or alcohol in an attempt to relieve the symptoms of depression, anxiety, or other mental health conditions. Substance use disorders can increase the risk of a person dying by suicide.  

We can all take action to prevent suicide. According to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, “Evidence shows that providing support services, talking about suicide, reducing access to means of self-harm and following up with loved ones are just some of the actions we can all take to help others.”

Treatment for addiction, substance use disorders, and mental health

If you or someone you love is suffering from addiction or substance use disorder and a mental health disorder, get help now. Addiction does not discriminate and can happen to anyone. Addiction is isolating but you are not alone. There is no cure for addiction, but it is treatable and recovery is possible.

Mental health and substance use disorders often co-occur and must be treated simultaneously as a dual diagnosis for the best success in recovery. Do not be afraid or ashamed to ask for help. Holistic treatment focuses on healing your mind, body, and spirit while helping you transition into a new, sober, healthy lifestyle. Make the life-saving, life-changing decision to get help today.


Daylight Recovery Services takes a holistic approach to substance abuse and co-occurring disorder treatment to address the physical, psychological, and spiritual facets of addiction and recovery. We ensure clients emerge from our facility with the proper tools and confidence in their ability to lead a healthy, enjoyable life. If you or someone you love is ready to break free of the bondage of addiction, contact one of our recovery experts today at 1-833-2DAYLIGHT.