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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 :-)  



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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.

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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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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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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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