Suicide Prevention and Addiction

Suicide Prevention and Addiction

(Presentation date January 28, 2014)

Course Description

The prevalence of suicide attempts and suicide completion among people with alcohol/other drug addiction is significantly higher than in the general population, and the period of early recovery from addiction is especially high risk. Addiction professionals are often strategically positioned to recognize suicidal ideation and intent, and intervene to help. Educating addiction professionals about the relationship between suicide and addiction, signs of suicidal thinking, and how to intervene when a client may be contemplating suicide can potentially prevent suicide deaths among this population and can reduce the barriers to suicidal clients obtaining help. This program will raise awareness of the prevalence of suicide among people with addiction, describe signs of suicidal thinking, and discuss effective ways to offer support and help to people contemplating suicide.


The goal of this presentation is to increase participant’s knowledge of effective techniques to identify and address the risk for suicide among people with alcohol/other drug addiction.


After completing this program, the participant will be able to:

  1. State one or more correlation(s) between addiction and the prevalence of suicide.
  2. State four or more warning signs that may indicate a person is contemplating or at risk for suicide.
  3. Describe four or more techniques that may encourage an individual at risk for suicide to accept help.
  4. State two or more local or national resources for suicide prevention/intervention.

About the Presenter

Raymond Dalton, MA, CAADC; Coordinator, Dawn Farm Outpatient, Community Corrections and Youth and Family Services Programs.

Ray Dalton is the Program Coordinator for Dawn Farm Outpatient, Community Corrections and Youth and Family Services. Prior to working for Dawn Farm Ray recruited, trained and supervised volunteer counselors to answer the suicide prevention hotline for the state of Kansas. He received his Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Mary and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas.

Number of CE hours offered

1.5 CEH, approved by MCBAP and NAADAC (specific.) A passing grade of 80% on the final exam is required for CE hours to be awarded.

Course Content