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Posted by on in Gambling Addiction

Hello Recovery Friends and Visitors,

Yes, it has been a while since my last post here. I had been dealing with some health issues these past months and now, I'm almsot back to 100%! I was interviewed a month ago over on Author Shout and thought I would share some of the interview so we can all catch up and see what I ahve been working on lately. I am still a passionate advocate of Gambling Addiction and Recovery, but it seems of late I have been doing a lot of writing! That is god news as it gives me another platform to Raise Awareness, Educate, and Inform th public about the "ugly side of Gambling."  I hope you enjoy reading it and I'll be back with a new post for you very soon ... ODAAT & Stay Bet Free! ...Catherine :-)  


INTERVIEW WITH Catherine Townsend-Lyon

"Writing is a solitary task; it is a hobby for most of us, it is funny and smooth, other times writing is like a horror, getting a smooth writing experience need a lot of patience, time and spirit to keep performing. During hard times we strive to search for an answer here and there, on all topics and LIFE"

Catherine Townsend-Lyon is a Best Selling Author of The Kodel Publishing Group with her shocking debut memoir titled; “Addicted To Dimes, Confessions of a Liar and a Cheat.” Catherine’s Memoir is both in-depth and raw as she takes readers on a journey of many important topics that ‘touched’ her life, starting as a little girl into adulthood.

She had taken a dark path, trying to elude the past childhood pain and 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 sexual abuse, parental verbal and physical abuse, and lived with undiagnosed mental/emotional illness for years. Shaping the “perfect storm, she became addicted to gambling with alcohol abuse. So, something like gambling to be for fun and entertainment became her worst nightmare and almost took her life, twice!

Now in recovery eleven plus years, Catherine has become well known in the addiction/recovery communities, and is a loud advocate of gambling addiction, mental health, and the expansion of Indian Casinos, State Lottery offerings, and Internet Gambing venues that needs to stop across America.

Catherine’s featured in many media and recovery publications like Columbia University’s Media Release through the 2×2 Project “Gambling with America’s Health. And most recently interviewed for Time/ Magazine online article titled "Addicted To Anticipation"  She is a former writer and columnist for “In Recovery Magazine’s-The Author’s Cafe”  and a freelance writer for Keys To Recovery newspaper and column "Quit To Win."

She is also an “Expert Gambling Recovery Blogger” for “Addictionland”  of Founder/Author, Cate Stevens along with other recovery experts along with other recovery experts like Christopher Lawford Kennedy and Tommy Rosen.


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; 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.
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.”



Posted by on in none

Hi, I'm Dee.

I mentioned on a Facebook page that I've written a new book about the Twelve Steps from a Pagan perspective, and someone suggested that I make an excerpt available here.
If you would care to look at a preview, the first 20 or so pages are available here:

So what is this book about? Well, the title pretty much says it all, but let me explain a little. When I first entered the halls, I nearly ran out. While I know now that the Twelve Steps were written to be accessible to all, the truth is that in the rooms and in the texts, a very Christian attitude does exist. This is unavoidable because, especially in the United States, Christianity is the majority religion. Bill W. and Dr. Bob were also steeped in Christian tradition, and the program itself is a descendent of the Oxford Group - a Christian program.

So, as a Pagan, I was a little put off by a very Christian attitude. So often I'd hear "My higher power, who is Jesus Christ". The Lord's Prayer, a very Christian prayer is said at most meetings. AA's 12&12, and the Big Book mention Christian prayers and concepts quite often.

While, as a Pagan, I found this favor toward a specific religion and little mention of others a bit disturbing, I also knew that my very survival depended on recovery. My last outing found me waking (or regaining consciousness) in an intensive care ward at my local hospital. I didn't have much farther down to go. Quite simply, I needed to make this work - the alternative wasn't merely unpleasant - there was no longer an alternative.

As I worked the program, I came upon other Pagans - many who had left the program, many who were struggling. I spoke about the possibility of writing such a book, and the enthusiasm for this book was almost deafening. About a year later, this book was ready.

The Pagan in Recovery isn't a new program. Rather, it's a book that explains how ANY existing program can be used effectively by a Pagan. Let me know what you think; I'm interested in people's opinions. If you have questions about Paganism, or how a Pagan can utilize the steps, I'd love to talk about that too!

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