Hello Recovery Friends, Readers, and New Visitors,
I recently was interviewed for a very important article that was released to many major media outlets by, Elaine Meyer of The Dept. of Epidemiology of Columbia University, New York. http://the2x2project.org/gambling-public-health "Gambling With America's Health" ... It was a study and research Elaine has been working on for a few months, about how problem & addicted gambling costs have impacted our Public Health and our population. How the negative impact has on our states and our communities. In this important article was also a man that has been in the gambling & recovery circles for many years that I have never had the pleasure of meeting, or connecting until now.
Do YOU know Arnie Wexler? Certified gambling councilor, and strong 'Advocate' of problem and addicted gambling. When I read his part in Universities article, I was brave enough to reach out to him through the Professionals Social Media website, LinkedIn. He accepted my friend connect, and low and behold sent me an email!!
YES, Arnie IS the ROCK STAR and EXPERT on Gambling Addiction. His lovely wife Sheila, is also advocates as well. She gives many spouses an insightful look at what it was like to be married to an addicted gambler. THAT is a very important part of one's recovery from this cunning disease. It's not very often we get a 'couple' that tirelessly advocate for a well rounded look at what Gambling Addiction really looks like.
So, when Arnie reached out to me by email, he also gave me a very SPECIAL SURPRISE! He shared a long excerpt of his soon to release new book titled; All Bets Are Off ...So I thought I would come share it here with all of you! I'm very Blessed & Honored to share this with you, and to share about the wonderful work both Arnie & Sheila Wexler do for others reaching out for help from gambling addiction ... Here is a little more about them!
(Arnie & Sheila Wexler)
Arnie and Sheila Wexler have provided extensive training on Compulsive, Problem and Underage Gambling, to more than 40,000 gaming employees (personnel and executives) and have written Responsible Gaming Programs for major gaming companies. In addition, they have worked with Gaming Boards and Regulators, presented educational workshops nationally and internationally and have provided expert witness testimony.
Sheila Wexler is the Executive Director of the Compulsive Gambling Foundation. They also run a national help line (888 LAST BET) and work at Recovery Road, a treatment facility in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida that specializes in the treatment of those suffering with gambling addiction.
Arnie Wexler’s compulsive gambling spiraled out of control . . . now after forty-plus years in recovery he is a nationally known expert on gambling addiction and helps others to “quit the bet.” All Bets Are Off chronicles Wexler’s life as a gambler that began on the streets of Brooklyn, New York, flipping cards, shooting marbles, and playing pinball machines. At age fourteen he found the racetrack, a bookie to take his bets, and started playing the stock market. His preoccupation with gambling accelerated until a fateful day in 1968 when it all came crashing down. Wexler’s gripping narrative leads us through the dungeon of a compulsive gambler’s world—chasing the big win and coming up with empty pockets—and how his addiction drove him and his wife, Sheila, to the edge of life. With help, they managed to escape, and together they have devoted themselves to helping others with the problem they know so well …
His new book titled, All Bets Are Off, was written along with Steve Jacobson. And again, Arnie has given me and my recovery friends a sneak peek, but keep in mind it’s an unedited look at the new book. I have pre-ordered my copy and so should all of you! One of the extraordinary things about Arnie and Sheila is that they give us a look inside how gambling addiction not only affects the addict, but how it affects our loved ones and spouses.
That’s where Sheila comes in.
Together, their story and personal testimony is very important. We need to be able to see how gambling affects all who are around us, and to see what we but our spouse/partner through, and the family as a whole. That is the topic of the part of the book Arnie was kind enough to share with us.
Here is the Sneak Peek of; "All Bets Are Off" ...