What is Compulsive Gambling? BY ARNIE WEXLER CCGC

Compulsive gambling is a progressive disease, much like an addiction to alcohol or drugs. In many cases, the gambling addiction is hidden until the gambler becomes unable to function without gambling, and he or she begins to exclude all other activities from their lives. Inability to stop gambling often results in financial devastation, broken homes, employment problems, criminal acts and suicide attempts.

The gambler is eventually able to remove themselves from reality to the point of being totally obsessed with gambling. Eventually, they will do anything to get the money with which to stay in “action”. They will spend all their time and energy developing schemes in order to get the money to continue gambling. Lying becomes a way of life for the gambler.

They will try to convince others and themselves that their lies are actually truths and they will believe there own lies.

After they hit a real bottom they will have to do something if they want to try to recover. Most gamblers at that point will want to stop but can’t (they wont be able to).

Most even at that point will keep gambling some will end up in jail some will attempt suicide some will die from their addiction as they will not take care of their health or the stress will kill them.

And a small group of addicted gamblers will seek and find real help but the real trick is to get in to real recovery. Not just abstinence. By the time the gambler comes for help they have broken brains (Meaning their brains don’t work like they used to when they were not in there addiction).

To get real recovery the gambler needs to work on them self’s one day at a time and get someone to do there thinking for them who has been in recovery some time and has there brains are working right (a sponsor) After some time in recovery there brains will start to work again. They will become productive on there job and become a good father and husband. Recover is a process and does not happen with out a lot of work on your self . and making a moral and financial inventory. But people can recover and do.

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DO COMPULSIVE GAMBLERS EVER MAKE MONEY GAMBLING ?

Compulsive gamblers sometimes show a profit from a single session but in the end they cannot keep it. They will lose it all and more because of their addiction.

A win is never big enough so they keep playing and dream that this time they will get the “Big Win” they crave. When it does ( sometimes it does ) it is still not enough so they keep gambling and lose more.

Just like “normal people” who win and buy something with the money, the compulsive gambler will only see a win as a sign that they are now on a winning streak so they risk more. They cannot stop the chase to win more and more. The human drama continues when they lose and chase the losses with even more money. The cycle continues.

Compulsive gambling is a progressive disease, much like an addiction to alcohol or drugs. In many cases, the gambling addiction is hidden until the gambler becomes unable to function without gambling. He or she begins to exclude all other activities from their lives. Their ability to stop gambling often results in financial devastation, broken homes, employment problems, criminal acts and suicide attempts.

The gambler will eventually remove themselves from reality to the point of being totally obsessed with gambling. They will do anything to get money with which to stay in “action”. They will spend all their time and energy developing schemes in order to get more cash to continue gambling. Lying becomes a way of life for the gambler. They will try to convince family, friends and even themselves that their lies are actually truths and they will believe there own lies.

Compulsive gamblers will hit a real bottom and it is then that some will try to do something to recover but most gamblers only want to stop but can’t. They are simply unable to beat the addiction. Most even at that point will keep gambling. Some will end up in jail, some will attempt suicide, others will die from their addiction as they will not take care of their health. Perhaps the stress will kill them.

A small group of addicted gamblers will finally seek and find real help but the real trick is to get in to real recovery. Not just abstinence. By the time the gambler comes for help they have broken brains. They are mentally ill. To get real recovery, the gambler needs to work on themselves one day at a time.

Compulsive gamblers who want to recover and get a stress free life must find a “sponsor” someone who will do their thinking for them. A “sponsor” should be someone who has been in recovery for some time and has a real knowledge of how compulsive gamblers feel. After some time in recovery their brain will start to function normally and they will see their problem for what it is: a health and wealth issue. They will become productive on their job and become a good father or husband. Recovery is a process and does not happen without a lot of work. The gambler must choose to make a moral and financial inventory. People can and do recover.

ARNIE WEXLER CCGC

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The Super Bowl is to the compulsive gamblers what New Year’s Eve is to the alcoholic

The Super Bowl is to the compulsive gamblers what New Year’s Eve is to the alcoholic,” says Arnie Wexler, CCGC a leading expert on the subject of compulsive gambling and a recovering compulsive gambler himself.

“I have spoken to more compulsive gamblers than anyone else in America in the lat 45 years and have gotten hundreds of phone calls after the Super Bowl from compulsive gamblers,” Wexler says. “Some have spoken about embezzlements, white-collar crimes and destroying themselves and their families. Others were so desperate that they were contemplating suicide.

“Compulsive gamblers are very vulnerable during the SUPER BOWL because they are looking for the “get out bet or lock bet,’

What happens is if somebody made money during the year betting football, then you plunk it all down to make it a big win,” he said. “If you’ve lost money during the season on football you want to get even. So this is the get-out bet for football.”

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“With so much hype on that game. Compulsive gamblers are especially vulnerable during the NFL postseason because they’re looking for the sure bet, and the media will tell every thing about the game you will even find out what color fingernails the quarterback’s wife has, they’ll cover every angle you could possibly think of. So even people in recovery get juiced up at this particular time.”

You would think the media would use a hotline # for gamblers who might need help for a gambling addiction like 1- 888 LAST BET

According to the National Gambling Study Commission, there are 5 million compulsive gamblers and 15 million at risk in the U.S.

Arnie Wexler is a recovering compulsive gambler who placed his last bet on April 10, 1968. Wexler has been fighting the injustice of how sports, society and the judicial system deal with compulsive gamblers for the last 45+ years. He and his wife run a national help line: 1-888-LAST BET.

Arnie can talk to you about gambling addiction, recovery and where and how to get help.

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BY ARNIE WEXLER CCGC

Compulsive gambling is a progressive disease, much like an addiction to alcohol or drugs. In many cases, the gambling addiction is hidden until the gambler becomes unable to function without gambling, and he or she begins to exclude all other activities from their lives. Inability to stop gambling often results in financial devastation, broken homes, employment problems, criminal acts and suicide attempts.

The gambler is eventually able to remove themselves from reality to the point of being totally obsessed with gambling. Eventually, they will do anything to get the money with which to stay in “action”. They will spend all their time and energy developing schemes in order to get the money to continue gambling. Lying becomes a way of life for the gambler.

They will try to convince others and themselves that their lies are actually truths and they will believe there own lies.

After they hit a real bottom they will have to do something if they want to try to recover. Most gamblers at that point will want to stop but can’t (they wont be able to).

Most even at that point will keep gambling some will end up in jail some will attempt suicide some will die from their addiction as they will not take care of their health or the stress will kill them.

And a small group of addicted gamblers will seek and find real help but the real trick is to get in to real recovery. Not just abstinence. By the time the gambler comes for help they have broken brains (Meaning their brains don’t work like they used to when they were not in there addiction).

To get real recovery the gambler needs to work on them self’s one day at a time and get someone to do there thinking for them who has been in recovery some time and has there brains are working right (a sponsor) After some time in recovery there brains will start to work again. They will become productive on there job and become a good father and husband. Recover is a process and does not happen with out a lot of work on your self . and making a moral and financial inventory. But people can recover and do.

Legislators Urged to Include Funding for Gambling Addiction Treatment in Any Gaming Expansion

Recovery Road Clinical Specialists Emphasize Need for State Support

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. — Funding for gambling addiction treatment needs to be included in any expansion of Florida’s gaming activities, according a team of clinical specialists from Recovery Road, a Palm Beach Gardens program.

“We are not against expanding gambling in Florida,” said Dr. Rob Hunter, of Las Vegas Nevada, at an October 23 legislative hearing on the social and economic impact of changing the state’s gaming regulations. “Instead, we believe that financial assistance must be put into place to help problem gamblers who need treatment for addiction.” Dr. Hunter runs the largest and oldest gambling addiction program in the nation.

State Sen. Garrett Richter, R-Naples, chairman of the Senate gaming committee, led the three-hour hearing at Broward College’s North Campus in Coconut Creek to gather input on the possible expansion of casino gambling, a key issue in the upcoming 2014 legislative session.

Hunter told the committee that gambling in Florida is similar to snow skiing in the Rockies. “Skiing is a fun sport that creates jobs and generates tax revenue,” he said. “But you also recognize that some skiers will get hurt. So, we are asking the legislature to help protect those people whose lives are harmed by gaming. In other words, don’t close the ski resort – fund the ski patrol.”

Kristine Odegaard, at Recovery Road, nationally certified to treat compulsive gambling, told the Senate committee that states like Oregon, Iowa and Indiana are providing funding for treatment of gambling addiction with great success. “Minnesota invests $2 million a year to help problem gamblers,” she said. “No one in that state is denied treatment due to inability to pay.”

Currently, few insurance companies cover gambling addiction treatment, and federal funding is only available for prevention programs, according to Roberta DeBrowner, executive director, Recovery Road.

“It is vital for the state to provide funding for treatment, which helps families and communities, as well as individuals with problems,” DeBrowner told the committee. “Problem gamblers can rejoin their loved ones, go back to work and make a productive contribution to our state.”

Michelle Fyfe, clinical director, Recovery Road, noted that pathological gambling is now recognized as a mental health disorder like alcoholism or substance abuse. “Gambling addiction is an illness that occurs in a small percentage of the population,” she said. “Like other diseases, it is treatable as long as an individual can afford to get help.”

Recovery Road is a community-based treatment program located in Palm Beach Gardens, that assists men and women who struggle with addiction, substance abuse and problem gambling. It is operated by Sunspire Health, headquartered in Lyndhurst, NJ, which has six residential treatment centers in Florida, California, Massachusetts, and Oregon.

For more information, visit www.recoveryroadfl.com/gambling-addiction.

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Arnie and Sheila Wexler have provided extensive training on Compulsive, Problem and Underage Gambling, to more than 40,000 gaming employees (personnel and executives) and have written Responsible Gaming Programs for major gaming companies. In addition, they have worked with Gaming Boards and Regulators, presented educational workshops nationally and internationally and have provided expert witness testimony. Sheila Wexler is the Executive Director of the Compulsive Gambling Foundation. They also run a national help line (888 LAST BET) and work at Recovery Road, a treatment facility in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida that specializes in the treatment of those suffering with gambling addiction.

Expert Warns NJ About Online Gambling

New Jersey’s decision to allow online gambling is an alarming development for compulsive bettors, says Arnie Wexler, a certified compulsive-gambling counselor.

“If you’re an addicted gambler or have the possibility of becoming an addicted gambler, you very easily in the middle of the night . . . get an urge, a flash, a feeling, a thought, and then you’re in action,” Wexler told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

“You don’t have to put gasoline in your car, you don’t have to drive to a casino or a racetrack, you don’t have to go anyplace,” he said Monday. “You just get up, and it could be . . . in your birthday suit.”

Online gambling in New Jersey is set to launch in November, making the state the third state to approve of it, after Nevada and Delaware.

Gov. Chris Christie signed the bill in February after pressuring the legislature to make changes he wanted. The changes included setting a 10-year trial period for online betting, and raising the taxes on the Atlantic City casinos’ online winnings to 15 percent, from 10 percent.

Online gaming is expected to bring about the largest expansion of legalized gambling in New Jersey since the first casino began operating in Atlantic City in 1978.

Wexler, former executive director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, is concerned that young people are susceptible.

“I don’t really know how they’re going to control the underage gamblers . . . Those are the people that really know the computer inside out. On my 888-LAST-BET hotline . . . one-third of all the calls we’ve gotten probably in the last five years are from kids, or the parents of the kids between ages 12 and 25, who think they’re professional poker players,” Wexler said.

“The fact is . . . addicted gamblers are going to destroy their lives and everybody else they come in contact with. “