Losing Your Shirt: Recovery for Compulsive Gamblers and by Mary Heineman

By Mary Heineman

Among 3 and 6 million americans are compulsive gamblers, wasting Your blouse takes a compassionate, nonthreatening method of the issues households stumble upon with compulsive playing. In thes easy-to-read and beneficial source for any playing dependancy application, readers will locate tales from compulsive gamblers and their households that exhibit how the habit impacts relationships, tools of restoration for the addict, and coping abilities for kinfolk participants.

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You could see only darkness. The light at the end of the tunnel had gone out. Only then did you know for the first time that you were going to die or surrender. You chose to surrender. You admitted that you were powerless over your gambling and that your life had become totally unmanageable. At last you turned in sincerity and desperation to Gamblers Anonymous. Page 13 Facts on File Before treatment, most compulsive gamblers believe that lack of money is their problem and that continued gambling is the solution.

Mom, I wish you were here. My children, Rolf, Jill, and Jennifer, each of whom occupies a special place in my heart, shared by none. Tom Damato, who never forgot I had a dream. Three little people, Tiffany, Aaron, and Brett, whose angelic voices and endearing smiles continually remind me how precious are the years of childhood. All the recovering compulsive gamblers and their family members who have allowed me to touch their lives. I thank you for touching mine. My Higher Power, who set me free after I decided to let go and let Him.

Page xix Today our young men do not have traditional rights of passage. There are no tigers to hunt and few new frontiers to conquer. There are no clear-cut challenges that would allow them to prove their manhoodexcept, perhaps, risking their money on a game of chance. During their school years, many young men seek challenges by participating in team sports. Some compete because they enjoy it. Others compete because one or both of their parents insist on it. Whatever the reason, the goal is to win.

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