Here is MY PICK for my *Recovery Weekly Guest Website*…. http://www.masscompulsivegambling.org ….
The Mass. Council of Compulsive Gambling, Truly has all you need to know about the Disease and Addiction of Compulsive Gambling. Even for myself, being in Recovery for many years from this Addiction, the lingering effects still cling to me a little bit.
This is SUCH a Destructive illness and addiction, that it takes years to Financially Recover as well as recovering from the Actual Act of gambling. So I wanted to *SHARE* some of what MASS Council offers, and how they HELP MANY from addicted compulsive gambling……*Catherine*
Founded in 1983 by Thomas N. Cummings, the Council has been instrumental in bringing the issue of problem gambling to the attention of the public and policymakers, offering resources to problem gamblers, their loved ones and concerned members of the community.
Prior to 1987, there were no funded problem gambling services available in Massachusetts. Today, due largely to the efforts of Mr. Cummings and the Council, awareness of problem gambling has increased significantly, along with sources of help for those who need it.
To learn more about the History of the Council, Staff, Board of Directors, or for Directions to the office, please click the appropriate……
What is Problem Gambling?
The information on this site comes from recent studies within the problem gambling research field. For further details, please Contact the Council .
Virtually anyone – men or women, young or old, from every religion, race and socio-economic background – can be at risk for developing a gambling problem.
Research has estimated that approximately one half of 1%(0.42 to 0.6%) of the U.S. population have experienced pathological gambling in their lifetime, and 0.9 to 2.3% have experienced sub-clinical pathological gambling in their lifetimes. The Mass. Council recognizes that approximately 2-3% of the state’s population has experienced disordered gambling in their lifetimes…….
The most serious form of problem gambling is pathological gambling, the essential feature of which is “persistent and recurrent maladaptive behavior that disrupts personal, family or vocational pursuits.”(American Psychiatric Association – DSM-IV)
Compulsive gambling can result in social, emotional and financial devastation, including loss of relationships, residence, emotional or physical health, and career or educational opportunities.
Some compulsive gamblers commit illegal acts to support their gambling or to pay off gambling-related debts. Some go to prison or are admitted to psychiatric institutions. It is not uncommon to hear about compulsive gamblers who attempt or commit suicide.
To learn more about the signs of problem gambling , the relationship between problem gambling and substance use or the prevalence of gambling please click the appropriate link…….
According to the South Oaks Gambling Screen (SOGS), the following are often signs of problem gambling:
- The person gambles more than they intended
- Other people are suggesting that the person might have a gambling problem
- The person is feeling guilty about the way he or she gambles
- The person wants to stop betting money and feels like they can’t
- The person gambling is hiding betting slips, lottery tickets, gambling money or other signs of betting
- There are arguments over how the person gambling is handling money
- The person gambling is borrowing money and not repaying it
- The person gambling is losing time from work or school due to betting money or gambling
The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), also suggests that signs of problem gambling may include:
- Preoccupation with gambling (reliving past gambling experiences, planning the next venture or thinking of ways in which to gamble)
- Needing to gamble with increasing amounts of money in order to achieve the desired excitement
- Trying to control, cut down or stop gambling unsuccessfully
- Feeling restless or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop gambling
- Using gambling as a way to escape problems or bad moods (helplessness, guilt, anxiety, depression)
- Returning to gamble after losing money gambling
- Lying to conceal the extent of involvement with gambling
- Committing illegal acts, such as forgery, fraud, theft or embezzlement to finance gambling.
- Jeopardizing or losing a significant relationship, job, educational or career opportunity because of gambling.
The three screening tools used most often to identify gambling problems are : The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) . The South Oaks Gambling Screen (SOGS), and The Massachusetts Gambling Screen (MAGS).
We understand the problem.
***So Please go visit there Website if YOU or SOMEONE you know may have a Gambling Problem…..THE FIRST STEP INTO RECOVERY IS ADMITTING TO YOURSELF THAT YOU HAVE A PROBLEM, OR THAT GAMBLING IS EFFECTING YOUR LIFE IN ANY ONE AREA……
I DID, AND I GOT MY LIFE BACK!! AND YOU CAN TOO!
You can call them at 1-800-426-1234…..OR……Call the
National Council on Problem Gambling Worldwide Hotline 1-800-522-4700 As well!!
AND ALWAYS REMEMBER…..YOU ARE NOT ALONE ANYMORE!
GOD BLESS! *AUTHOR, CATHERINE TOWNSEND-LYON
http://www.amazon.com/dp/0984478485 MY STORY OF GAMBLING ADDICTION & RECOVERY