Category - Gambling & Debt

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 out of fear that he might not be able to control his finances.  His refusal to spend money often left him...

A Dollar 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...

Not About Winning Or Losing

Paul’s life revolved around gambling from the time he was young. He played poker and flipped baseball cards. Paul always wanted to be a winner and pursued winning aggressively. He worked in a bowling alley at 12 years old and...

Family Game

David’s first time gambling was at age six.  His father taught him to play poker, making penny bets, and it soon became a family activity.  Later in life, David can see that other kids would enjoy a range of activities but...

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