Monday, August 18, 2014

Suicide is NOT the answer!

By 
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

Have you ever had one of those days?  You know what I mean?  I'm talking about those days where all you want to do is crawl back in bed and never see the light of day again.  We've all been there.

Most of us, however, find a way to survive.  We find another way to look at life, our problems, and other people.  We muster up new resolve and courage to tackle life's issues that try to drag us down.  However, sometimes, life gets the best of us and kicks us when we're down.  What do you do when life kicks you while you're down?  How do you deal with it?  Do you rise above or sink into depression, sadness, even self-pity?  Even worse, do your problems ever cause you to consider suicide as a way of ultimately defeating your problems?

Tragically, the world lost once of it's brightest stars in comedian Robin Williams who took his own life last week.  Since his death, there have been pieces of information leaked by the media surrounding how he died.  One detail of note is that he died sober.  He did not have any traces of drugs or alcohol in his body at the time of his passing.  He died sober!  While we mourn his passing, we are grateful he got to kick his addiction in the teeth by not allowing it to have the final word in his passing.  Unfortunately, suicide did get the final word and this is heartbreaking and troubling.

Apparently, since Mr. Williams passing, more people are calling suicide prevention hotlines more than ever before! This is a good thing, but first, let me be clear and say that Mr. Williams suicide is NOT causing other people to want to kill themselves.  Rather, the ensuing raised awareness due to his suicide is giving people more hope to raise their voice about their own struggles with suicidal ideation.  This is a very good thing because, unfortunately, suicide is not going away anytime soon.  And talking about it is one of the best ways to prevent it.  

You can learn more about this new trend in suicide awareness here!

If you or someone you love is struggling with depression, anxiety and/or addiction to alcohol or drugs and it's causing suicidal ideation, please go to your nearest ER or call 911.  Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.  There is always a way out! 

If you or someone you love is in need of detox off of alcohol, opiates, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitate to contact Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1.877.773.3869 today.  At The Coleman Institute, we care for you and your sobriety.  Please give us a call today!

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