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Hello Recovery Friends & Visitors,


I am very Honored to share an article that just released and was written by Award-Winning NYT Best-Selling Author and Journalist for Time.com, The Pacific Standard, and Vice, Maia Salazvitz .....  


She had come across my Gambling Recovery Blog, "Gambling Recovery Starts Here" and gave me a call. She was working on an article that researched the NEUROSCIENCE behind a gambling addict, ...... me. Well, was. She emailed me to let me know it had finally released and so I thought I would share a little of the interview and article with all my recovery friends here. YOU can read the whole full article right here: http://nautil.us/issue/40/learning/addicted-to-anticipation  as it gives an in-depth look and understanding about the brain and thinking that takes over when you cross the line into uncontrolled compulsive gambling.

This is a Proud Honor for me and If feel "humbled and blessed" to have been a part of this major media article ....


 

Addicted to Anticipation

What goes wrong in the brain chemistry of a gambling addict.

 

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Posted by on in Gambling Addiction

Hello and Welcome Recovery Friends and Visitors,



"It's has been some time since I have posted an update about all the 'happenings' that I have been involved with in regards to my recovery from gambling addiction, sharing a little about my mental health challenges, and my recovery writing. I really try hard to get over here and blog for all of you as often as I can. So I thought, with all the new "hats" I have been wearing lately, I would bring you all up to date. Lol.

So I will start by sharing my new and improved Author Bio which explains some of the new and exciting things that have been "blessings" and new opportunities in my recovery journey. I feel sharing is a way to show that when you work hard on your recovery, the rewards can be many!"


About Me:

Catherine Townsend-Lyon is the best selling TKG author of her shocking debut book titled; "Addicted To Dimes, Confessions of a Liar and a Cheat." Both are an in-depth raw, and without prose look inside gambling addiction as she takes readers on a journey of other topics that 'touched' her life, starting as a little girl into adulthood.  Some children are not raised in an "angelic environment." Book is available in paperback and ebook on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Addicted Minds.

She had taken a dark path, trying to elude the past childhood pain of those traumatic events. She began using gambling as a coping skill and escape into a "dream world" to forget, if only for a few hours from the haunting memories of her childhood sex abuse, parental verbal and physical abuse, and lived with undiagnosed mental/emotional illness for years. Shaping the "perfect storm, she became addicted to gambling. And toward the end alcohol abuse. Gambling, a form of fun and entertainment became her worst nightmare and almost took her life, twice.

Now in recovery nearly ten years, Catherine has become well known in the addiction/recovery communities and is a loud advocate of gambling addiction, mental health, and advocates to stop expansions of Indian Casinos and State Lottery offerings across America. She has been a recovery guest on several 'blog talk and radio' shows sharing her message and advocacy, and she has a large social media and blog following.

Catherine's featured in many media and recovery publications like Columbia University's media release article through the 2x2 Project.org ~"Gambling with America's Health." And most recently for "Time Magazine online coming in Sept 2016." She currently writes a column for " In Recovery Magazine " ~The Author's Cafe" and is a freelance writer for " Keys To Recovery Newspaper "
She is also an "Expert Gambling Recovery Blogger" for "Addictionland," of Founder/Author, Cate Stevens along with other recovery experts along like Christopher Lawford Kennedy and Patty Powers.


Catherine currently lives in sunny Arizona and So. Oregon. She is married to her husband, Tom for 27 years. She is a 'Cat Lover' and has three, Miss Princess, Mr. Boots, and Simon Peter. She enjoys reading, cooking, gardening, and swimming. She owns and runs an online book promotions business called: " Lyon Book Promotions  and promotes for many authors across social media.
She is currently finishing her second and third books due out late 2016 and early 2017.

Catherine can be reached by email: LyonMedia@aol.com 


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So that is a little of what I have been up to. I also still blog my recovery journey over on my own blog which has also blossomed now with more posts, featured "Hot Recovery Books" list and Guest Interviews and Articles. So stop there anytime: Gambling Recovery Starts Here. I am happy to see more sites and publications now including Gambling Addiction as a feature and gives me a new platform to raise awareness and educate the public about the dangers of this addiction and Real Disease.  Until next post recovery friends!


Be Blessed and ODAAT! "-)  *Cat Lyon* XO


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Posted by on in Gambling Addiction

Hello  and Welcome Friends in Recovery,


So, where do I begin, as my last was Jan 2016, and so much has been going on. I had been writing articles for Addicted Minds treatment directory, but ended up giving that up because I was hired by a premier recovery magazine called; In Recovery Magazine - The Bookstand ... I write a column titled; "The Author's Cafe" and handle all the recovery author interviews. I also find great recovery books and authors who write them to advertise their book, films, and Apps into our mag. It has been a fun experience thus far and my first column debuted last month. AND? My first author, I interviewed and wrote about? It is Mr. Arnie Wexler and his New Book,  Arnie Wexler, All Bets Are OFF ...



It was an Honor to have Arnie as we all know he and Shelia have helped many from gambling addiction! I am also a new article writer for a fantastic recovery newspaper as well. Over at Keys To Recovery newspaper... It is a free publication for all recovery people to enjoy and has so much helpful info in it. I am also putting the finishing touch's on my second book, but I still am having a hard time with a working title still. My current book out, Addicted To Dimes, Confessions of a Liar and a Cheat is still selling 
really well. I am so happy as it really gives readers an in-depth look at how gambling addiction can devastate people's lives.


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Product Details 

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Here is my most recent Amazon 5-star review and this reader really "got" why I wrote my book.


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Review:

Brave and Honest"

on June 29, 2016
Addicted to Dimes was a very real and painful history of what it is like to lose yourself to an addiction. The hard road thru recovery and finding out what caused her to be broken in the first place. I felt sad for the criticized daughter that had lost her self-worth. The story is not a chance to blame other people for the addiction but a chance to explain that all of the internal and outer conflicts worked together to cause what she called the perfect storm.

Catherine is quick to offer helpful advice to those suffering from this type of addiction or any addiction at all.

I felt for Catherine and Tom, for their marriage that struggled during this time and for the strength they had to work through it.
The writing was obviously painful to rehash the history that led to the bad decisions and the hurtful deterioration of her family life. It is a brave thing to put this out there for strangers to read and hopefully not judge too harshly her honesty.

I give the writing a 5-star rating because the story does draw you in and allows you into the most private moments and feelings of a dysfunctional family and the lasting effects of that past. I am glad that when Catherine wrote this she was in a stable part of her recovery and is an outgoing champion for others that are on the road to recovery   "A much-needed book and highly suggest this one!"


I am very proud of this review. I am also "humbled and grateful" that I have not received anything lower than s 4-Stars. What an AWESOME Legacy to
leave behind for all those who suffer or will suffer from this cunning disease called: "Addicted Compulsive Gambling" ....  Please stop my recovery blog for MORE helpful advice and resources if you or a loved one struggles with gambling. "Gambling Addiction Is Real - Recovery Starts Here" 



Author & Columnist, Catherine Lyon 







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Posted by on in Gambling Addiction

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 WrightThe 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.
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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.”

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Hello Recovery Friends and Welcome New Visitors,



I happened to see a new visitor come by my blog and he was reading an old blog post on my personal recovery blog.  It was way over a year ago and got me thinking of how far I have come as a writer, author, blogger and recovery advocate. So I thought I would re-share this post, as it deals with a question that I know everyone has thought about before. I would love to read your comments and thoughts about this, so don’t be shy! And NO, I haven't had a gambling relapse! LOL.  It is a 'Dream' I think everyone has had, and we all have to have some sort of a dream in life right?
Well this dream and question has been a dream for MANY. . . . 


“OK, You’ve just won $1 billion dollars in your States Lottery. You do not have to pay tax on your winnings. What would YOU do and how would you spend the money?"


Now of course many of you know already I don’t Gamble . . . .
And I don’t want to be a “Debbie Downer” for all the rest of you fabulous people who enjoy spending a little for a chance at your piece of a fortune. Sadly, the odds of winning a lottery win-fall is so great that you would most likely have a better chance at getting hit by lighting, then you would winning a “State Lottery Draw Jackpot” . . .

Powerball officials say, “What are your chances of winning? A quick look at the Powerball website tells you the probability of winning the jackpot is 1 in 175,223,510. To see where that number comes from, imagine purchasing every number combination.”

 

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