Ireland Sees Massive Spike in Gambling Addiction

The Rutland Centre, an addiction treatment center based out of Ireland has released figures outlining an alarmingly steady increase in the incidence of gambling addiction.  In 2013 only a mere 3% of addiction admissions were for a gambling problem, fast forward to 2016 and the percentage has climbed significantly at around 9.5% as it stands currently.   That is a whopping 6.5% boost from the period between 2013-2016, suggesting some troubling trends brewing in Ireland and elsewhere for that matter.   Community advocates blame the problem on stalled legislation aimed at regulating the gambling industry.  The Gambling Control Bill was introduced in 2013 but never ratified formally by the legislative bodies in Ireland.  Since that time there has been an influx in the number of individuals addicted to gambling.  With the advent of new technology and online platforms directed at making it more accessible it is apparently succeeding at the detriment of the community.

False Advertising
One glaring example of this emerging trend has been the astonishing amount of advertising dedicated to promoting the lifestyle of gambling to consumers.  Depictions of the glitz and glamor abound but rarely do we see the true extent of the damage an addiction to gambling has on society.  The advertising industry is only concerned with promulgating the positives associated with gambling, which unfortunately don’t exist.  The reality behind gambling is far more depraved and equally as devastating.  There are many cases of people literally losing everything and then in their lowly state even going as far as taking their own life to suicide leaving behind distraught friends and family in their aftermath. One individual in particular reported that he was gambling away his mental health alongside his material resources wagering upwards of 80-100 bets a day and losing substantially large sums of money in the process.   Like any addiction his gambling came on innocent enough before it spiraled out of control and he soon found himself betting the outcomes of  random beach volleyball matches.  That is when you know you have a problem.

Gambling is a Disease 
There is nothing to glorify or idealize when it comes to the gambling lifestyle.  What makes gambling even more dangerous is its ability to ensnare users into a combination of addictive substances and activities to complement the gambling vice.  Individuals who become hooked to gambling often have one, or, more multiple addictions to drugs and alcohol in addition to the gambling.  Drugs like cocaine and alcohol are the ones most associated with a gambling addiction.  Eventually these lose their effectiveness and the addict is forced to experiment with even more hardcore substances like heroin, opiates and opioid painkillers to treat their disease. It is a black never ending abyss of despair, shame and guilt when going down this proverbial rabbit’s hole.  If the gambling itself doesn’t destroy you it will be the subsequent addiction to drugs and alcohol that end up claiming your life and forever altering the lives of your friends and family in the process.  Gambling is a serious issue that needs to be confronted head on when taking the first initial steps toward the road to recovery.  Until the propensity to gamble, along with other vices such like drugs and alcohol are wiped out completely the user falls risk to relapsing again when triggered.

Help is Around the Corner 
If you need help with a gambling or drug addiction please give one of our professionals a call immediately.  It’s never too late to walk the path to treatment and ultimately recovery.  Don’t fight addiction alone!  A solid support system is critical to your success when choosing to break the addictive patterns and reclaim your life.  We stop at nothing to make sure you get the help and treatment you deserve.


TV Reporter’s Baby Tests Positive for Cocaine

A former television news reporter and her husband have been charged with three felony counts after their 4-month old infant daughter tested positive for cocaine.  Krystin Lisaius admitted to snorting cocaine with her husband Somchai P. Lisaius at a party back in May of this year.  The cocaine was then passed down to the infant through breastmilk used to nurse the infant child.

The Facts of the Case
The mother of the child believed that she was not endangering the child because she had waited 12 hours before nursing the child, thinking that the cocaine would have no longer been in her system.  The couple admitted their child into the hospital after she displayed signs of distress and appeared listless.  The couple was reluctant to have the child blood tested at the hospital.  The child was then transferred to another Diamond Children’s Center at the Banner University Medical Center where her urine was tested and resulted positive for cocaine.   The couple was formally charged back on June 9th and have pleaded not guilty possession of a felony substance, drug paraphernalia and child abuse.  They have both since been released on their own recognizance.

In the meantime the baby has been sent to live under the watchful eye of her maternal grandmother with limited access to her father, whereas the mother has 24 hour visitation rights.  The couple’s attorney had the following statement to the media regarding the incident:“It would be a gross, gross injustice [with] even the mention of prison time,” said the couple’s lawyer, Michael Piccarreta, to Tucson News Now. “I anticipate they will demonstrate that they have learned a very hard, embarrassing lesson and that this will become a footnote in their life, not a chapter.” Gross Criminal Negligence The gross negligence displayed in the above case is truly mystifying.

It is one thing to gamble with your own health, but when you play with the life of your helpless infant baby you deserve to be punished.  What makes this case truly appalling is that these people aren’t the only ones endangering their child from exposure to drugs.  This type of behavior is happening around the country and the derelict parenting needs to be addressed and stopped.  It would appear that this couple still hasn’t given up their penchant for the night life and when you have a baby you have no choice.  You have acknowledged your unwavering responsibility to ensure the welfare of that child no matter what. If you know of someone who is willfully putting their child at risk or in harm’s way be sure to report them to authorities as soon as humanly possible.  This child is frankly speaking lucky to be alive with this kind of irresponsible and reckless action.  If you suspect anything fishy or shady at all do not hesitate to act on your suspicions.  Every moment counts in these kinds of situations and you have the power to make a difference.  Don’t wait till it’s too late – one person can make an enormous difference in these situations and even save lives.