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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

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Hello Recovery Friends, Readers, and Donors,

"Finding Our Way Back Home"

I think my last update was  bit short, and forgot to finish what I was sharing!! Well, my AADD is still alive and well. It is a daily challenge sometimes living with Mental health issues, and more challenging living in recovery and being 'dual diagnosed. I'm happy to say book 2 is almost ready to go!

I'm also happy to say that my current book is still selling well, but to me? It is spreading the word and informing others through my book about gambling addiction the disease! I also received more 5 star Amazon & Barnes and Noble Book Reviews! WOW!

I have some awesome news! A couple of events I have been invited to and excited to share them! First, in June 2015, I will be "Recovery Guest" on Blog Talk Radio! I will pass along the links and times as soon as I get them, so you all can tune in and listen.

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Hello Recovery Friends and Welcome All New Visitors,


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I have been excited to share my thoughts and review about my good friend, Arnie Wexler, Author and his new book  titled;  All Bets Are Off . . .

What can I say about Arnie Wexler that I haven’t already told you back in a guest post here in November 2014? I can tell you his new book is an excellent read if you enjoy reading about
“Triumph In Recovery” . . .

Arnie Wexler has done an exceptional job with this new book about what his life was like when addicted to gambling. But he also shares a wealth of helpful info as well, as he and his wonderful wife, Sheila Wexler help many to recovery from this devastating disease. I like to call Arnie, ‘The Grandfather of Recovery’ from addicted gambling.
WHY?

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DO COMPULSIVE GAMBLERS EVER MAKE MONEY GAMBLING ?

BY ARNIE WEXLER CCGC

Compulsive gamblers sometimes show a profit from a single session but in the end they cannot keep it. They will lose it all and more because of their addiction.

A win is never big enough so they keep playing and dream that this time they will get the "Big Win" they crave. When it does ( sometimes it does ) it is still not enough so they keep gambling and lose more.

Just like "normal people" who win and buy something with the money, the compulsive gambler will only see a win as a sign that they are now on a winning streak so they risk more. They cannot stop the chase to win more and more. The human drama continues when they lose and chase the losses with even more money. The cycle continues.

Compulsive gambling is a progressive disease, much like an addiction to alcohol or drugs. In many cases, the gambling addiction is hidden until the gambler becomes unable to function without gambling. He or she begins to exclude all other activities from their lives. Their ability to stop gambling often results in financial devastation, broken homes, employment problems, criminal acts and suicide attempts.

The gambler will eventually remove themselves from reality to the point of being totally obsessed with gambling. They will do anything to get money with which to stay in “action”. They will spend all their time and energy developing schemes in order to get more cash to continue gambling. Lying becomes a way of life for the gambler. They will try to convince family, friends and even themselves that their lies are actually truths and they will believe there own lies.

Compulsive gamblers will hit a real bottom and it is then that some will try to do something to recover but most gamblers only want to stop but can't. They are simply unable to beat the addiction. Most even at that point will keep gambling. Some will end up in jail, some will attempt suicide, others will die from their addiction as they will not take care of their health. Perhaps the stress will kill them.

A small group of addicted gamblers will finally seek and find real help but the real trick is to get in to real recovery. Not just  abstinence. By the time the gambler comes for help they have broken brains. They are mentally ill. To get real recovery, the gambler needs to work on themselves one day at a time.

Compulsive gamblers who want to recover and get a stress free life must find a "sponsor" someone who will do their thinking for them. A "sponsor" should be someone who has been in recovery for some time and has a real knowledge of how compulsive gamblers feel. After some time in recovery their brain will start to function normally and they will see their problem for what it is: a health and wealth issue. They will become productive on their job and become a good father or husband.   Recovery is a process and does not happen without a lot of work. The gambler must choose to make a moral and financial inventory. People can and do recover.

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What is Compulsive Gambling?

BY ARNIE WEXLER CCGC

Compulsive gambling is a progressive disease, much like an addiction to alcohol or drugs. In many cases, the gambling addiction is hidden until the gambler becomes unable to function without gambling, and he or she begins to exclude all other activities from their lives. Inability to stop gambling often results in financial devastation, broken homes, employment problems, criminal acts and suicide attempts.

The gambler is eventually able to remove themselves from reality to the point of being totally obsessed with gambling. Eventually, they will do anything to get the money with which to stay in “action”. They will spend all their time and energy developing schemes in order to get the money to continue gambling. Lying becomes a way of life for the gambler.

They will try to convince others and themselves that their lies are actually truths and they will believe there own lies.

After they hit a real bottom they will have to do something if they want to try to recover.  Most gamblers at that point will want to stop but can’t (they wont be able to).

Most even at that point  will keep gambling  some will end up in jail  some will attempt suicide  some will die from their addiction as they will not take care of their health or the stress will kill them.

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