Hello Recovery Friends and New Seeker’s,
I’m SO humbled and excited to *SHARE* that I was a few months back, invited to be a “Guest Expert Blogger” under “Gambling Addiction” on the Awesome website of Founder and Popular Recovery Author, Cate Stevens http://www.Addictionland.com …..No not Disneyland, I said “Addictionland”.
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*I’d become a member (which is free) quite some time ago, and was pretty Shocked, and HONORED when I received a Nice Email from *Cate* inviting me to be her *Guest Expert Blogger* on Gambling Addiction on her site. She found and read my book, “Addicted To Dimes’,(Confessions of A Liar and A Cheat), from Amazon….. http://www.amazon.com/dp/0984478485 Now in eBook for Kindle!
I would have never known that she read my book without the Invite. Then……Panic set in!
I started to question myself.
Am I really an expert on *Compulsive Addicted Gambling* just because I wrote a book about my Life with my own Gambling Addiction, Experience’s, and Recovery?
I’m not a celebrity, not famous, nor rich,…..I’m just a regular gal who happen to read a story of a another woman who committed suicide because she couldn’t Stop Gambling. That is was what she wrote on her suicide note…..
So I started thinking, that WAS almost ME! That could have been me. Reading that newspaper article lit a fire within my SOUL, and I just started writing my feelings of what I went through with my OWN Compulsive Gambling Addiction. My intention wasn’t writing a book, it was just NEEDING to SEE ALL that I did, all that I’d been through with my own cunning illness. How my past transformed and manifested inside me, and just added fuel & feelings of entitlement to the CHOICE’S I made to gamble. It was ME, Choice’s, and the Disease of the mind that takes over when you enter that HELL of Addicted Gambling……
It had turned me into a person I didn’t know, I allowed the weakness to invade my soul, to which I was Blaming all but myself for what I was doing, and in severe denial. I just happen to have a friend who would NOT stand for my Story not to be read, and wanted my voice in words to be heard…….Yes….my publisher Steve Laible of www.KodelEmpire.com ……..
And so….my book was born, was given a voice, and I HOPE is helping others who still suffer from ANY CYCLE of ANY Addiction.
That is why, again….I’m very Honored and Humbled to be a part of http://www.Addictionland.com *
Catherine Townsend-Lyon: October Expert
AND, I’m in GOOD COMPANY TOO!….
There is a lot of Good Information here. Even if you’re not in Recovery, supporting all the Recovery Experts here, we hope others to be educated and informed on just how difficult it is for us who are, to hopefully have more Compassion for those who struggle. Your encouraged to ASK THE EXPERTS questions as well. SO,…..Am I Recovery Expert? I think I’ll let all of YOU decide*……
God Bless Friends,
Author Catherine Townsend-Lyon