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:
GA MEETINGS IN LESS THAN 12 STATES
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL JUST STARTED
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
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!
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
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!”
MORE AWESOME RECOVERY STUFF!
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!!