Stories from the Edge
Gambling addiction and problem gambling is as real as any other addiction you can think of. Sometimes gambling addictions are minimized or downplayed in favor of more “physical” addictions such as alcoholism or drug abuse, or addictions like pornography.
However, gambling addiction is a huge problem and has affected people of all ages from all over the world. It can severely and negatively affect one’s physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social health—not to mention their finances, relationships and family life.
If you’re interested in reading about the personal side of compulsive gambling, if you’re going through a gambling addiction yourself or have a loved one who is, or if you’re simply doing some research, you can find an abundance of “stories from the edge” of people who have gone through or are going through a gambling addiction. The internet is a great resource and a wealth of information on any topic, and you will find stories from the edge of gambling addictions and other testimonials from real people going through a real problem. These stories from the edge and testimonials can be found online on personal websites, gambling addiction and recovery organizations’ websites, general addiction help websites and through online gambling discussion forums.
The types of stories from the edge and online testimonials you will find vary from people who simply gambled too much and became obsessed with it to people who went bankrupt and lost everything they had—family and friends included—and even contemplated suicide.
Another way in which these stories from the edge differ is that some are stories of current gambling addiction—someone admitting their problem, recognizing their need for help but are still struggling—while other testimonials on the web are success stories of those who have conquered their compulsive gambling habits.
One site is called Anonymous One (www.anonymousone.com/stories) and contains anonymous stories of people who have gone through all sorts of addictions, describing what happened, what it was like and what their life is now. Under the gambling section, you’ll find a moving testimonial called “The Brooklyn Kid” of a recovering compulsive gambler who started gambling at the age of seven whose entire world and existence centered on gambling.
Casino Watch (www.casinowatch.org) is a site dedicated to informing and warning about the pitfalls of gambling and the dangers of compulsive gambling. Complete with statistics and real-life stories, you will find a plethora of personal stories of people whose lives were negatively impacted by gambling addiction in themselves or someone they loved. Visit www.casinowatch.org/addiction/addiction_index.html.
One link on family.org will leave no doubts in your mind as to dangers and harm of gambling addiction. With a focus on one particular story involving suicide, this article (found at www.family.org/cforum/fosi/gambling/casinos/a0028890.cfm) also highlights other shocking statistics and personal stories of people affected by compulsive gambling.
IStoppedGambling.com is another great site and resource for people interested in learning more about gambling addiction or seeking personal help from a gambling problem. The site owner went through a gambling addiction, sought help, and recovered, and you can read his testimony at www.istoppedgambling.com/story.php, along with several other personal stories from the edge.
You can also find plenty of online stories from the edge and testimonials from compulsive gamblers through blogs and forums. Some forums are general gambling forums with sections on addiction; some are general addiction forums with sections on gambling; and other forums are very specifically tailored to those with a gambling addiction.
Getting Past Gambling (www.gettingpastgambling.com) is a blog that offers inspiration and hope as well as personal stories of compulsive gambling. You can join this blog for free and become a part of a community by subscribing to their Yahoo! group.
Further, NoMoreGambling.com offers a forum support group (www.nomoregambling.com/forum) for gambling addiction sufferers. More testimonials and support can be found at GamCare’s forum at www.gamcare.org.uk/forum/index.php?=19 as well as www.recoveryzone.org/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Gambling. Gamblers Anonymous (www.gamblersanonymous.org) has numerous intergroup websites all over the world.
Gambling addiction stories from the edge are real and sometimes hard to believe. However, if you currently suffer or have a loved one who suffers from a gambling addiction, it’s important to recognize that people all over the world have gone through the same thing and many have conquered their compulsive gambling for good.
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