Welcome Recovery Friends, Seekers, and Newbies,
Many of us in recovery seem to look for that “Quick Fix” as we begin our recovery journey. Sadly, it doesn’t work out that way. If you want to reach long-term recovery from addicted compulsive gambling,…..you need to start by coming to terms that “Your Recovery” is “Progress and not Perfection”! As gamblers, we are trained within our addiction to want things NOW, that instant gratification. Especially the addicted “Slot Players” like myself. Cards and other gambling vice’s were just to slow for me as I wanted to put my money in and WIN,…..RIGHT NOW! I think many in recovery understand what I mean.
But when you cross over into uncontrolled addicted gambling, that will also keep you in the cycle of the addiction. Your either out “Chasing your Loss’, or when you WIN you think you’ll win every time you go gambling.” Which is called chasing the WINS. So your doomed either way as you get deeper and deeper in debt, and lose yourself in your addiction! For me, I got so lost that I didn’t want to LIVE anymore. I felt like a slave to gambling, and it became more of a job than fun. A job I really hated to go to, but the constant nagging, urges, and triggers I could NOT get rid of. I never thought about what the workers at the Casino’s were thinking when I asked “7 times in only 2 hours” to watch my Slot Machine for me when I’d keep going to the ATM to get more and more money to put in those F_ _ king machines! Do you think they ever once asked themselves, “Man, this woman is out of control”! OF COURSE NOT! They would “Smile Sweetly” and tell me “GOOD LUCK THIS TIME”……That’s their JOB.
No, I can not be mad at the workers, I was the one who chose to keep stuffing those machines with money I really didn’t have. Many who have “NO IDEA” about addicted gambling think that it is “OUR CHOICE” to be stupid. Not all true! Yes, those who have never been touched by any addiction just doesn’t understand,…..WHICH IS CALLED *STIGMA.* I didn’t wake up one day and say, “I think I’ll become an addicted gambler and shatter my life all to hell. This disease is a slow progressive addiction.
There is SO much stigma around the problem of addicted & problem gambling today. WHY? Because gambling is seen as fun, and a form of entertainment. But, it is like anything else, when you do something in “Excess” you run the “RISK” of becoming addicted. So my good friends at http://www.ncrg.org have some good information about “Gambling Addiction” facts about this cunning disease…..
*THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF RESPONSIBLE GAMING*
The National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) is the only national organization exclusively devoted to funding research that helps increase understanding of pathological and youth gambling and find effective methods of treatment for the disorder. The NCRG is the American Gaming Association’s (AGA) affiliated charity.
Founded in 1996 as a separate 501(c)(3) charitable organization, the NCRG’s mission is to help individuals and families affected by gambling disorders by supporting the finest peer-reviewed, scientific research into pathological and youth gambling; encouraging the application of new research findings to improve prevention, diagnostic, intervention and treatment strategies; and advancing public education about gambling disorders and responsible gaming.
“SEE, I don’t think gambling should be banned, because I’m aware of those who can gamble in a responsible manner. But I don’t like is the expansion of SO MANY Casino’s and State Lotteries. They misuse profits that are supposed to be funding and giving back in out communities, and IT’S NOT HAPPENING! Or our schools would not STILL closing, our Parks would be clean, and our schools Sports and Music programs wouldn’t be cut. SO,……where the hell is the money and profits going? Into many STATE and LOCAL Government BUDGETS due to the cut government cuts in our schools and other important community programs.
NOT RIGHT!!! I also want others to know the dangers, and how easy it is to become problem and addicted gamblers as well. And for people to know how hard it is for those of us in Recovery when these Casino & Lottery expansions happen.”
Key Research Findings
- The first reliable statistics of how many people have the disorder:
- Harvard’s estimate of approximately 1 percent of the adult population has been verified by independent studies and the National Academy of Sciences
- Promising treatments for gambling disorders
- More evidence for the role of genetics in the development of the disorder
- A greater understanding of youth gambling
- New instruments for accurately measuring, screening and diagnosing pathological gambling
- The first national survey of gambling on college campuses
- A more sophisticated understanding of the brain’s reward system
- A new understanding of addiction as a syndrome
- A better understanding of the health risks of casino employees
- A model for evaluating self-exclusion and treatment programs
- A framework for understanding gambling as a public health issue
AND LASTLY FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW By NCRG:
Gambling addiction affects approximately one percent of the U.S. population. However, we know less about this addictive behavior than we do about alcohol, tobacco and drug problems. “Pathological gambling” was first recognized as a mental health disorder in 1980. Since that time, researchers have focused on learning why some people cannot gamble without adverse consequences and about how people recover from gambling addiction. Here’s what we’ve learned:
• Pathological gambling is not a sign of weakness, moral failing or lack of willpower. It is a treatable mental health disorder.
• No one gambling activity is more risky than others. People can get into trouble with all types of games, even seemingly harmless ones like bingo and the lottery.
• People with gambling disorders experience a range of problems including financial debt, professional and personal problems, withdrawal symptoms when attempting to stop or reduce gambling, guilt and shame. Remember the 3 Cs of addiction: People with gambling problems crave gambling, negative consequences and lose control over their gambling.
• People with other psychiatric and addictive disorders are especially vulnerable to developing a problem with gambling. Individuals with family members who have any kind of addictive disorder are also at higher risk.
• Roads to recovery include treatment with a professional therapist, Gamblers Anonymous meetings, medication, and self-help resources such as workbooks and websites.
• People who gamble responsibly do so for fun, not to make money or escape from problems. They limit the time and money spent gambling and understand that the odds are always with the house.
For more information and resources to better understand gambling disorders and responsible gaming, visit the National Center for Responsible Gaming’s (NCRG) website at http://www.ncrg.org. The NCRG is a nonprofit organization devoted to funding scientific research on gambling disorders and translating research findings into practical applications for the public.
So I hope you’ll go by the NCRG for more informative about Gambling Addiction & Responsible Gambling. And as always, let them know Recovery Author, Catherine Lyon sent you, because: “IT’S TIME TO TALK ABOUT IT”……..
God Bless All,
Author Catherine Townsend-Lyon
http://www.amazon.com/dp/0984478485 My Personal Story Of Gambling Addiction & Recovery and MORE!