Journey and Ramblings of Recovery by Author, Catherine Lyon . . .

I continue my recovery from my book "Addicted To Dimes" and information about my Addicted Compulsive Gambling, Childhood trauma & abuse, Dark family secrets, Recovery, and I ADVOCATE for those who can not, who have no voice, who suffer from Mental & Emotional illness & disorders. Gambling addiction is REAL, and it destroys lives. I have no ill will towards those who can gamble normally, but I many others can NOT. It's time we talk, inform, educate, and SHATTER the STIGMA of those who choose to live life in recovery! And for those who battle these other important topics.

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Happy 4th of July Addictionland Friends and Visitors! A Look Back.

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As we celebrate our freedoms and independence today, we know that addiction and recovery has been around almost as long as we have been celebrating it in America.
So I thought it would be interesting to go back and see just how much Gambling in America has changed and expanded as well. I'm sure our fore fathers found a way to have some
fun with gambling in one way or another, we just didn't know about it. Well, . . . . they surely would never have shared it in any History Books that's for sure! So lets go back about 50
years, or around 1968 and before, to what was available then in offerings of gambling. Then will look at what is out there today and see just how much far gambling has some.
Then maybe you can understand WHY it is difficult for those in Recovery from Gambling Addiction to Stay in recovery when gambling offerings are everywhere and growing. . .


Gambling Offerings & Recovery Services In & Before 1968:
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GA MEETINGS IN LESS THAN 12 STATES 

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL JUST STARTED

SUPERBOWL, NEW

NO Off Track Betting

CASINOS IN LAS VEGAS ONLY

ONLY 3 STATES HAD LOTTERY OFFERINGS

WORLD SERIES PLAYED IN THE DAYTIME

ALL PRO SPORTS NOT PLAYED AT THE SAME TIME

THE RACE TRACKS WERE CLOSED SOMETIMES

NO LEGAL TELEPHONE BETTING/HAD NO REDIAL

NO PHONES AT THE RACETRACK

NO RIVERBOATS —- TRIPS ON THE MISSPP

NO CREDIT AT THE RACETRACKS / OR CHECKS / NO ATM

RARE TO SEE WOMEN GAMBLING

MEADOWLANDS OPEN / ROOSEVELT CLOSED

NO MONDAY OR NIGHT FOOTBALL

NO ATM MACHINES

NO CELL PHONES

NO INTERNET GAMBLING

NO AIRPLANE GAMBLING

NO 800/900 LINES SELLING   INFORMATION

NO BUS TRIPS TO INDIAN OR REGULAR CASINOS
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GA MEETINGS IN 50 STATES & AROUND THE WORLD!

80% OF AMERICANS LIVE WITH IN 200 MILES OF GAMBLING

MORE $$$ BET ON MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

SUPERBOWL BETTING $95+ MILLION LAS VEGAS

OFF TRACK BETTING SIMALCASTING THRIVING BUSINESS

CASINOS IN 28 STATES

40 STATES OR MORE HAVE A LOTTERY

TRACKS OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND

6 STATES / LEGALIZED TELEPHONE BETTING

PHONES ARE IN RACETRACKS – NOW HAVE CELL PHONES

CREDIT GIVEN AT TRACKS/ CHECKS/ THEY HAVE ATMS

SO MANY PRO COLLEGE GAMES ARE ON TV~ MARCH MADDNESS/BIG $$ BETTING

ATM MACHINES ON CASINO & RACE TRACK FLOORS

INTERNET GAMBLING ALLOWS GAMBLING FROM HOME, DORMS & More!

AIRPLANE GAMBLING

FINALLY 800 / 900 HELP LINES IN PAPERS & ON INTERNET

MORE ACTIVE COMPULSIVE GAMBLING THAN EVER BEFORE

LIVE RACES ON TV

GAMBLING INFO SPOKEN & GIVEN ALL OVER

POWERBALL / BIG GAMES/ INTERNET LOTTERY

NATIONAL LOTTERY

STATE LOTTERY OFFERINGS ARE HUGE LEGAL GOVERNMENT PROFITS

BEEPERS, APPS, CELL PHONES & INTERNET TO GET GAMBLING & RECOVERY INFO

WOMEN GAMBLERS GAMBLE LOTS ~ MUCH MORE THEN MEN

EASIER TO PLACE A BET THEN BUY BEER OR CIGS TODAY

GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS BOOK SAY’S~ “DON’TTEMPT OR TEST YOURSELF, DON’T GO NEAR OR IN A GAMBLING ESTABLISHMENTS — NO MATTER WHAT!”

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There is hope
 
There is hope
There is hope
There is hope
.

Locate a meeting near you Talk to someone now: 1-888-GA-HELPS

 

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MORE AWESOME RECOVERY STUFF!
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THE INTERNET HAS CHANGED RECOVERY!

NOW RECOVERY WEBSITES LIKE ADDICTIONLAND AND MANY OTHERS WITH GOOD INFO,  24/7 CHATLINES & ROOMS, GA MEETINGS NOW
AVAILABLE ON LINE.

BOOKS WRITTEN BY OTHERS IN RECOVERY

1-800 HOTLINES FOR HELP POSTED IN GAMBLING & LOTTERY ESTABLISMENTS!

TREATMENT IN SOME STATES AND PRIVATE TREATMENT & REHABS
BUT INS NOT PAYING 4 IT? THIS NEEDS TO CHANGE!!CASINOS ARE RUNNING R G P AND TRAINING THERE WORKERS TO LOOK FOR SIGNS
OF ADDICTED GAMBLERS. . . . . .


So there you go! There is gambling offerings past and present. Sure is interesting right? Again, my point is that we have come a long way as far as Gambling Offerings in the US. But currently 1% of our POPULATION are now problem gamblers. WHY? It's due to the never ending of expansion of now Legal State Lottery expanding in each state, and Casinos, mainly Indian Tribe Casinos opening all over. And now with the expansion, we are seeing our High School & College bound kids being touched by gambling problems, and our Senior population as well.

So how do you feel about this? Share your thoughts in the comments as I would love to know what all of you think? Thanks!

HAPPY SAFE, CLEAN, SOBER and BET FREE 4TH of JULY!!
*Catherine*

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I live life in recovery, but my "PASSION" is also writing, blogging, authoring more books, and Advocating to help others in recovery. To help educate the public on the dangers of becoming addicted to gambling. I've achieved almost 8 years in recovery. I recently had to relocate from So. Oregon to Sunny Arizona. I've been married to my Soul-Mate for 25 years. I'm a Christian, a Cat Lover, 1/2 Italian and I have a Big Voice! ...LOL.


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