Hello and Happy New Year Recovery Friends,
Now I know it has been a long while since my last post. Things have been very busy in my recovery world lately! LOL. That will be what my Next Blog post will be all about. Today I liked to share some interesting info about gambling addiction and suicide. And it is no secret for those who have read my memoir/book titled;
http://www.amazon.com/dp/0984478485 that I had my own experiences with gambling addiction and attempted failed suicides. Many don't realize that currently gambling addiction has the highest rate than any other addiction.
So I thought I would share a little of an article I read about this topic. It has astonishing facts and stats about gambling addiction and more. I hope it helps many and those who don't understand what gambling addiction os like. IT IS a Real Disease and very devastaing. I know, I went through it myself. . .
Featured Guest Post By: Chris Wright/ The Fix …
“Gambling Can Kill You Faster Than Drug Abuse or Alcoholism.” 1 in 5 problem gamblers try to kill themselves. Why gambling may be the most dangerous addiction of all.”
Of all the destructive habits in the world, gambling would seem to be one of the more benign. It doesn’t blow out your liver. It won’t make your nose cave in. Even after the most appalling run of bad luck, you can be reasonably sure that you won’t be carted away, having expired with a mouth full of vomit. No harm done. It’s only money.
You can keep telling yourself this until the moment you kick the chair out from under you.
For the majority of addictions, how much you spend is regulated by how much the body can endure. There is only so much heroin, cocaine or vodka you can consume before you end up in a hospital or a morgue. Gambling is subject to no such constraints. “The amount of financial devastation you can wreak plays a big role in this,” says Keith Whyte, the NCPG Executive Director. “You can bet $50,000 in a single hand, every minute.”
Suicide rates among gambling addicts are staggeringly high. The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) has estimated that one in five problem gamblers attempt to kill themselves, about twice the rate of other addictions. The reasons for this fact are both blindingly simple and impossibly complicated. And the central befuddling fact is this: Gambling kills you because it doesn’t kill you.
Scholars of addiction point out that problem gamblers are subject to a slew of messy contributing factors and associative disorders. “We’ve known for a long time that problem gambling is not a standalone issue,” says Dr. Rachel Volberg, President of Gemini Research, which conducts gambling-related studies. “Problem gamblers are likely to have other substance abuse issues, usually alcohol and tobacco. Depression and anxiety are also prevalent among problem gamblers.”