Success– One Call at a Time, Volume 12, Issue 12

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Success– One Call at a Time, Volume 12, Issue 12

Post by tammy rigsby » Mon Nov 30, 2009 4:29 pm

The following is an actual call received by the 24 hour HelpLine at the FCCG. The names have been changed to protect anonymity. Bobby won a jackpot 11 years ago at a local casino. He enjoyed the rush he felt when he played the slot machines and soon started frequenting the casino several times a week. It wasn’t long before his losses exceeded his winnings and Bobby started to chase those losses thinking he could get even. Bobby was a business owner, but his gambling problem started affecting his work and soon his business failed. Bobby’s marriage also took a devastating turn as his wife separated from him because of his gambling. Even though gambling cost him his business and his marriage, Bobby continued to gamble, thinking he could recoup his losses and make everything okay. Financially he was devastated with losses exceeding $200,000 and a debt of $60,000. Emotionally, Bobby finally hit rock bottom and he called the 888-ADMIT-IT line he had seen advertised locally in his area. Through the Florida Council, Bobby was referred to a counselor that specialized in gambling treatment and was also referred to local support groups that could help him. He called back shortly after to thank the FCCG for pointing him in the right direction. On Christmas Eve 2009, Bobby will be one year clean from gambling. If you or someone you know has a problem, call 1-888-ADMIT-IT for workbooks, resources and referrals that can help.

Helpful Tips for Responsible Gambling
-Set a time limit when you gamble. No matter what, stick to it.
-Only bring a set amount of money you can afford. Don’t go beyond your budget.
-Don’t neglect family or friend events to gamble.
-Don’t gamble alone, always bring a friend or family member.
-Don’t use credit cards or borrow to gamble.
-Don’t expect to win, always treat winning as a bonus.

Warning Signs of Problem Gambling
Preoccupation with Gambling
Risking Relationships
Gambling to Escape
Relying on Bailouts
Increasing Bets to Sustain Thrill
Concealing Activity
Loss of Control
Chasing Losses
Illegal Activities
Agitated when Stopping or Cutting Back

Check these out!!!!

America Anonymous
Benoit Lewis

Gambling in America
Earl L. Grinols

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call 1-888-236-4848 for information and resources.


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