Category - Gambling & Debt

What Happened In Vegas Didn’t Stay In Vegas

Even with 28 years of sobriety under his belt, Bob still can’t find anything that remotely compares to the rush of gambling. It began as a child in New York City, pitching pennies with friends at age 7. He flipped baseball...

Can’t Keep A Poker Face

Remember that short-lived poker craze that mesmerized the nation a few years back? Denise remembers it all too well. She was raised by a gambling family. Her father took her on her first trip to Las Vegas. Her mother holds weekly...

Winning, But Losing

Ray remembers as a child sneaking into the bazaars held by the local volunteer fire department, and just becoming intoxicated by the gambling action that the adults engaged in. The spinning of prize wheels and the awarding of...

The Escape Artist

Paul likes to joke that he’s “achieved” a trifecta: He’s an alcoholic, a drug addict and a gambler. Drinking and drugging, however, were not the two diseases in which he first sought help. Paul’s...

The Action

Randy always had to be in on “the action” – the games, the gambling, and the excitement. It began in childhood. When arriving early to school he used to flip baseball cards with buddies and he felt no greater...

Money Was His Drug

Anthony says he was hooked on gambling the moment he put five dollars into a slot machine and it gave him back $1,000. Slot playing lead him to spend days at the races. He denied his problems, but in doing so found himself...

Owns A Help Line

Arnie today owns a help line for those seeking an end to their addiction to gambling.  He thinks online gambling is the newest form of crack cocaine, as it affects people across racial, social and economic lines.  But it...

Can’t Spend At All

Justin attends Debtors’ Anonymous not because he has a debt problem, but because he won’t spend. He would hoard his money, and go without basic necessities, out of fear of not being able to control his finances. He could not...

One Sixty-Five

Trish is a personal trainer who earns good money per hour, but would not take on enough work to really have enough money to live the lifestyle she preferred. Credit cards would help make up the difference, maxing out the cards...

Nickels

Sophie’s problematic compulsive gambling started later in life, when she was 60-years old. She had achieved sobriety from other addictions much earlier but started gambling as an activity and it quickly progressed into a...

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