HISTORY ABOUT GAMBLING ADDICTION In 1979 Dr. Robert Custer started the National Foundation for Study of Pathological Gambling. He invited Sheila and me to join him. He thought he was going to raise enough money to cover the entire cost of treatment for any gambler who wanted treatment for gambling addiction. We were invited to […]


In the 42 years that we have been helping compulsive gamblers, we have never seen anything explode like poker has. Poker is sweeping the nation and the world. It is the hottest thing on college campuses. It is easier to play poker then it is to buy cigarettes or a can of beer on campuses […]


It was a rainy  Friday afternoon in 1983. The late Dr. Robert L. Custer , whom was the “father” of treatment for compulsive gambling, asked me to drive him to Long Island, N. Y , to visit one of his patients. This patient had entered an in-patient treatment center for compulsive gambling. As we drove […]

What is Compulsive Gambling?

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, […]

The Compulsive Gambler Working in the Gaming Industry

Many people, who work in the gaming industry, are vulnerable to problems with their own gambling behaviors. Some are naturally attracted to the action, because they already have a gambling problem. Some develop a problem after being exposed to the environment. Studies have shown that employees in gaming establishments (racetracks, casinos, lottery vendors, etc.) have […]

Stan Hochman: All bets off for recovering gambling addict

Reprinted From http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/sports/82035297.html ‘TAKE AWAY gambling from the National Football League and you’ve got soccer,” Arnie Wexler grumbles, knowing he’s got your attention now, without resorting to a 2-by-4 upside your head. “When I was betting, and I haven’t made a bet since April 10, 1968, it was ‘win-or-lose.’ Now, it’s ‘over/under’ and 200 different […]

Arnie Wexler’s Story

I am a recovering Compulsive Gambler who placed my last bet April 10,1968. I started gambling at about age 7 or 8 as a kid in Brooklyn, NY. It started with flipping baseball cards, pitching pennies, shooting marbles and playing pinball machines. That kind of gambling continued until about age 14. At that point I […]