*Learn More About Addicted Compulsive Gambling~~The Disease*


you really know what Addicted Compulsive Gambling disease is?….Do you or someone you know are a Problem or Addicted to gambling? How can someone become addicted to an Activity that is So much FUN! Everyone gambles ever now and then right?…..HERE are just a few things I’d like to SHARE about Addicted Gambling Around the WEB!



Hello, my name is Amit. Up and till I was gambling I was a well to do person, with a good job and wonderful wife, whom I have been married to for 4 years. I obtained a good degree from reputable university and used to enjoy exotic holidays and driving a nice car. I was living the perfect dream. Then one day I got GREEDY…..

Because of my background in Finance, I started to take an interest in spread betting. Spread betting allowed me to speculate on the price movement of any financial market. However it is a leveraged form of gambling, therefore my gambling losses could easily exceed my initial deposit. So I used to take a punt if I thought the shares of Company A were going to rise. Although different to other forms of gambling, the psychology and addiction behind my actions were the same… “was just trying to win back my gambling losses”.

With spread betting, it was so easy to place a bet to buy shares of Company A and if I was I loosing I would reverse my bet and start selling, hoping the market would move in my favor. Emotions ran high and I didn’t know when to stop. The worst thing any person gambling can do is getting carried away by there emotions, because this is when they start to place more and more bets and end up accumulating their gambling losses……..

Racking up my gambling losses

gambling losses It got to a point where I had used my savings and then started to use my wife’s savings, without her having any knowledge of what I was doing. Having eventually lost a few grand, I was desperate to stop gambling. I had to come clean with my wife for the sake of our marriage. The most courageous thing any unsuccessful gambler can do is to tell someone to seek help. gambling losses

My wife took over our finances and this was the beginning of a changed me. She closed my spread betting account and closely reviewed our bank statements, so there was no way I could continue to participate in gambling anymore! It helped to start my ROAD INTO Recovery!…….



University of Chicago Psychiatry Professor Dr. John Grant says an all natural vitamin found at most health foods stores is showing promise. Grant has studied the brain of addicts and found that when people become hooked on gambling. “There are parts of the brain that are, for lack of a better word,  hijacked. These parts of the brain involve the way that we make  decisions, the way that we process risk and reward,” Grant told  Sandra  McNeil.

In particular, he said, “We have a natural reward center in the brain that gets very revved up. Once it gets hooked on something, it’s keeps  kind of saying to us, if you will, keep doing it, keep doing it. It’s  beyond what most people’s drive would be.” Grant said that a natural vitamin called N-acetyl cysteine has been shown to quiet that part of the brain.

“We recently did a study sponsored by the National Institute of  Health looking at that,” said Grant. “And we had earlier done some  research on it. And it helps a majority of people.”


Vitamin Pill, Says University of Chicago Researcher…

My opinion:

I find it interesting that some people don’t think that gambling is a mental addiction. People are known to be chemically addicted to smoking, and alcohol, but there is no chemical intake when gambling.

so for this reason, it may be more difficult to consider it as an addiction, as with television and computer games.

But doing certain activities, especially for a long time, may change the chemical structure of the brain, too.

I’m glad that this vitamin is readily accessible, probably safe, and helpful.

But I still wonder if there are other medications that may be even more effective.  Also, as with many other mental disorders, a pill cannot change everything. It is important to remember that addicted gamblers need to be educated of the tactics used against them by the casinos, and some may even need psychological therapy.

Until we develop a more descriptive layout of the affected brain parts, then a wholesome type of therapy may be the best option.

istockphoto **I’m SORRY to say that if taking a Pill would have STOPPED my Gambling Addiction, I think I could have SOLD a piece of THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE to a lot people and I’d BE RICH right Now!!***********************************************************************


Our Founder Bea Aikens

I have learned a great deal about myself since beginning my own journey of recovery from compulsive gambling in 1996. Bolstered by a self-help group and counseling, I’ve also been blessed with a life far beyond any I could have imagined!

Learning about me, however, didn’t truly involve learning about the disease of compulsive gambling – what makes certain individuals more susceptible, how the brain of a compulsive gambler is “wired differently,” or how prevalent the disease itself is… until January 2010, when I felt the impact of compulsive gambling through the lives of others, and realized my own life’s purpose:  To be of service to the gambler who still suffers and to impact social change.

lanie and bea

In June 2008, my beloved sister Lanie died as a result of an accidental overdose of antidepressants due to her struggle with compulsive gambling. Her family, including me, thought she was in recovery – she was not. She was doing what we gamblers do – hiding, keeping secrets and stuffing her feelings into slot machines until she could no longer face the pain and shame.

My sister was in a coma for five days before she died. After her doctors learned of her gambling disorder they literally asked me if she had “Won!” After my initial anger at their insensitivity, I realized they had NO idea of what compulsive or pathological gambling is – a disease that can destroy lives – and once the line to compulsive gambling is crossed, there is no going back…no choice…and certainly no “Win.”  I vowed to address the American Medical Association, and anyone else willing to listen, to educate them about the true nature of compulsive gambling…well someday I would, once I retired from the business world.

January 2010 found me once again confronted with the fallout of a pathological gambler in action. As a member of a professional board I discovered, along with the other members, that the organization was bankrupt. A board member with access to the organization’s funds had embezzled the entire treasury due to gambling addiction.  In that moment I knew I could no longer stay silent – someday had come.  Telling my peers that I, too, am a compulsive gambler, I explained that I am in recovery and offered to help them better understand this insidious disease.

Scientists, researchers and mental health experts recognize pathological gambling as a diagnosable and treatable disorder, yet compulsive gambling is generally seen by society as a lack of character, or moral weakness, versus the disease that it is.  My sister’s attending physicians surely meant no harm.  I’ve since come to understand that the cavalier question, “Did she Win?” was a reflex response from a doctor who was probably tired from late night rounds, and more than likely, had little or no training in how to recognize or help patients or family members impacted by compulsive gambling.

I’ve also realized that compulsive gambling is too often a ‘faceless’ issue in our society and thus our mission begins. Empathy, understanding and hope for recovery are lost when those of us who have been afflicted or affected by compulsive gambling remain silent.  Through Lanie’s Hope we can use our stories and our voice to humanize and de-stigmatize the disease of compulsive gambling, while illuminating society’s need to more effectively recognize and treat this disorder.

Love, light and blessings,

Bea Aikens, Grateful recovering compulsive gambler


Lanie's Hope              

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The impacts of a gambling problem affect individuals, families and communities, with costs extending from creditors to the criminal justice system.

Most people who gamble can do so safely and without difficulty.  However, gambling is not a risk-free activity.  When gambling in excess, the onset of an addiction can result in serious to severe short and long-term difficulties.  In addition to affecting an individual’s home life, financial status, career, education, social relationships, physical and emotional health, gambling problems also impact upon those closest to the gambler.

Moreover, businesses, local communities, the criminal justice system, social service organizations, and society as a whole are also significantly affected by problem and compulsive gambling.  Divorce, employee loss of productivity, bankruptcy, and crime are only a few of the many consequences that can occur.

While gambling may begin as a social activity, for many, it is a mental heath illness that progresses to at-risk, problem and pathological levels, each associated with varying degrees of difficulty. However, the positive news is that compulsive gambling is treatable for those who seek it……


Compulsive gambling is a progressive disorder causing disruptions in every area of a person’s life – psychological, physical, social, and vocational.

In order to understand compulsive gambling, it is first important to recognize that gambling is anytime a person places something of value (money, possessions, pride or prestige) at risk on an uncertain outcome. Compulsive gambling is when a person continues to participate in betting activities despite adverse consequences.

  • Compulsive gambling is referred to as the “hidden illness” because there are no physical or visual symptoms. There is no “telltale” smell on the breath, no stumbling when walking, or slurring of speech.
  • The effects of compulsive gambling can be as devastating as alcohol and drug addiction, and can result in both financial and personal destruction. Unlike alcohol and drugs, this disorder has no saturation point, and persons can continue the behavior as long as the money or credit lasts.

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) defines pathological (commonly referred to as compulsive) gambling as a mental health disorder of impulse control. The APA outlines the following 10 criteria, which serve as the basis for diagnoses:

1.Thinks constantly about gambling   2. Increases bets to sustain thrill   3. Exhibits agitation when cutting back    4.Gambles as an escape  5. Chases losses  6. Lies to conceal activity    7.  Financial bets through illegal acts   8. Jeopardizes significant relationships   9. Relies on financial bailouts   10. Fails in effort to control or stop

Compulsive gambling is a progressive disorder.  One to two signs classify a person as “at-risk,” three to four as a “problem gambler,” and five or more meet the diagnosis of “pathological” or “compulsive”.


*For those who seek Help!* That is the 1st Step to Freedom! Many people who become addicted to Gambling have a whole host of OPTIONS as to How they want to Recover…….The is Gamblers anonymous, who believe in a *Unity & Fellowship* way of recovery Life. Here’s a bit about what they DO…… ******************************************************************************

Locate a meeting near you Talk to someone now: 1-888-GA-HELPS

About Us~~ Gamblers Anonymous……

GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem.

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop gambling. There are no dues or fees for Gamblers Anonymous membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. Gamblers Anonymous is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any cause. Our primary purpose is to stop gambling and to help other compulsive gamblers do the same.

Most of us have been unwilling to admit we were real problem gamblers. No one likes to think they are different from their fellows. Therefore, it is not surprising that our gambling careers have been characterized by countless vain attempts to prove we could gamble like other people. The idea that somehow, some day, we will control our gambling is the great obsession of every compulsive gambler. The persistence of this illusion is astonishing. Many pursue it into the gates of prison, insanity or death.

We learned we had to concede fully to our innermost selves that we are compulsive gamblers. This is the first step in our recovery. With reference to gambling, the delusion that we are like other people, or presently may be, has to be smashed. We have lost the ability to control our gambling. We know that no real compulsive gambler ever regains control. All of us felt at times we were regaining control, but such intervals – usually brief were inevitably followed by still less control, which led in time to pitiful and incomprehensible demoralization. We are convinced that gamblers of our type are in the grip of a progressive illness. Over any considerable period of time we get worse, never better. Therefore, in order to lead normal happy lives, we try to practice to the best of our ability, certain principles in our daily affairs. *****************************************************************************

**NOW, this is one way into Recovery. But, there are some who feel that a Non Faith based might be MORE of a Comfortable approach. Look on my PAGE LISTINGS and you’ll find a *21 Step Guide* listed if that is the way YOU prefer to go. Another good idea in addiction, is to find a real good Addictions Specialist for Therapy. I did this as well. I used a whole host of Recovery Options to get MY LIFE BACK.
It was another reason why I wrote my STORY of what I WENT through with this addiction. I found that a lot of the *FUEL* for my addiction was DIRECTLY RELATED to SO much Underlying issues of my PAST Childhood Traumatic events, the sexual, verbal, and physical abuse as a little girl. Which then lead to certain behavior problems I used to cope with these feelings that resurfaced later in my adult life………….

DON’T get ME wrong, they are not excuse’s, it is giving people Insight as to WHY some of us get into addictions to begin with because we don’t know there is a Healthier way of dealing with LIFE. WE use addiction to medicate ourselves from our pasts PAIN, HURTS, and FEELINGS. I used Gambling to try to ESCAPE those feelings because the pain was too much to DEAL WITH…….These are just a few reasons why others try to use Addictions to make all the pain go away……..This is where I believe the *STIGMA* of people in Recovery begins.

Then to Complicate matters, you begin Recovery, and find out your also left with Mental & Emotional issues to deal with as well. TAKE ME for instance,….My gambling addiction brought out my SYMPTOMS of my *Bi-polar, Severe Anxiety, Panic, and Agoraphobia Disorders*……My doctor  & my Therapist said I most likely had Bi-polar since I was a child, and went Undiagnosed all these years. SO NOW,…….I have another *STIGMA* of having Mental/Emotional illness’s……..I say this because others who have NO experience or Understanding of these issues think WERE NOT NORMAL PEOPLE……..AND…I get treated as such, which just ADDS to the PAIN I’M Already Dealing with…….SO, Through my book and my Recovery Blog, I JUST WANT to Educate the Public about these AREA’S………

SO, I hope this information can help others have a BETTER UNDERSTANDING of these Gambling Addiction, other addictions, and shed some light on Mental Illness as well!
Thanks for coming by my Blog and Supporting ME in MY Recovery of 6+yrs!! ODAAT!!

God Bless All……*Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon* of~~ Addicted To Dimes, (Confessions of a Liar and A Cheat)  http://www.amazon.com/dp/0984478485 ….MY BOOK & WRITER FUNDRAISER:  http://YouCaring.com/Help-A-Neighbor/Help-a-Penniless-Author-/78315

3 thoughts on “*Learn More About Addicted Compulsive Gambling~~The Disease*

  1. Catherine, this is just such precious info.

    You’ve actually enlightened me. I didn’t realise so much. I never understood it. But they’re wired differently – can you unwire people? or rewire, I mean. It’s awful, awful indeed.

    This is a really valuable blog here.

    Sincere regards to you, Noeleen


    • Thanks Noeleen again 🙂
      I do appreciate your input! HHHMMM….Rewire? I do know that the public needs to have INSIGHT and be educated on the Dangers of how easy a person can become addicted to gambling. YES….there are people out in the world, like my self that have some imbalance of Brain Chemicals that can contribute to becoming an addict of all kinds of addictions, and why we may suffer from many Mental and Emotional illness & disabilities. THAT”S WHY I advocate for them all. People need to know, and the STIGMA around these issue’s has to Change… 🙂
      Catherine 🙂


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