New Year's Eve Compulsive Gamblers Stop Their Gambling Addiction

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Three and half hours to go before 2007. To commemorate New Year, I present three articles by Howard Keith. If you have an addiction, whether it's alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, love addiction, or whatever, then you will discover that this post is for you.

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So, without further ado, here are the articles. Enjoy it as much as I do reading it...

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Each years as New Years Eve approaches, compulsive gamblers search to find a solution to their gambling addiction. Their number one goal is to face their addiction and finally change their life to a less self destructive mode. Most compulsive gamblers often know how self destructive their life has become as their gambling addiction intensified. These people know they have a problem and truly want to stop their addiction.

Fortunately the compulsive gambler’s today the internet offers a wide array of stop gambling addiction websites. Through educating oneself the compulsive gambler can stop their addiction. The I Stopped Gambling website has been very successful in helping gamblers to move forward. These gamblers get to chat privately with other gamblers twenty four hours a day seven days a week who can relate to what they are now going through. Along with an optional self help stop gambling addiction book, recovery seems to really accelerate. This is one of the most confidential and alternative websites available through out the world. People come from all walks of life to share their situation in hopes to stop their addiction. Through this experience gamblers for the first time in their life are able to understand what they have been going through and most of all beat their addiction.

There are other programs available that may be more suitable to your taste. For example Gamblers Anonymous holds weekly meetings. I have heard of quite a few success stories come out of Gamblers Anonymous. The problem most noted about this program is, is it really confidential and private since you are actually going to meeting sitting face to face with other gamblers. Those who do not care who knows that they have a gambling problem this program may be just right for you.

What’s most important is to give compulsive gamblers alternatives that they can relate to so that they can stop their gambling addiction.

As this New Year approaches compulsive gamblers will be surfing the web for ways to stop their gambling addiction and start a clean slate. If you think you have a gambling problem take the time to educate yourself. Through this education you can develop skills to lead a more productive life.

Isn’t it time to stop your gambling addiction?

The choice is yours to make. As New Years Eve approaches set goals for the upcoming year.
If you know someone who has a gambling addiction there are resources for family members at both the I Stopped Gambling website and The Gamblers Anonymous website.

As January approaches take the time to make you a better person for all to see. Set your goals and take the first step on your road to recovery. As time passes your self esteem will increase as you meet the new positive challenges life has in store for you.

Happy New Year and may all of your dreams come true.

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Addictions To Gambling on The Rise!

Over the past five years addictions to gambling have grown at an accelerated rate. Not only adults, but teenagers are gambling with out realizing the consequences. Most States including Connecticut have created agreements with Indian reservations for self gain. The states are now realizing the negative impact the Indian casino reservations are having on their taxpayers.

Gambling is a silent addiction. Most people can go years with out anyone ever discovering that they gambled. Besides the local Casino’s people can now even gamble online.

With today’s modern technology, if you want to gamble you can so long as you have the resources. Once your resources are depleted and you’re in debt, you will begin to seek help. This is where many states are taking notice due to people claiming bankruptcy, not paying their state taxes, getting caught committing petty crimes and even suicide.

The I Stopped Gambling So Can You website continues to receive alarming emails from friends family and the compulsive gambler. The site was developed to help people associated with compulsive gambling addiction.

The alarming rate in the rise of addicted individuals has caused the states to rethink what they are doing and how to help this segment of the population. The individuals who sought help through various programs now know they are not alone. The unfortunate part is in most cases they are starting all over. If the States would reach out and help these people then the outcomes may be different.

If a person goes into a bar and is apparently drunk, the bartenders are not going to serve this person any alcoholic drinks and may even recommend a cab. At a casino, people use the cash machines until they are unable to take out any more money. People cash checks and even take cash advances from their credit cards, but no one at the casinos is willing to step up to the plate and help these people out.

I have talked with hundreds of people who excessively gambled. These people knew they were addicted and always planned to spend a specific amount of money. After being at the casinos with all the lights, bells and whistles they fell into a trance and no longer had any control.

Once the gambler leaves the casino reality sets in. They now realize they've lost a lot of money. They ask themselves: How did this happen? They themselvesthey will never due this again only to repeat the same behavior patterns over and over until they hit bottom and lose everything. These people were spending anywhere from $100.00 to $5,000.00 per week on their addiction. In a majority of these situations they realized they lost everything. Even after filing bankruptcy they still owed a significant amount in back taxes.

The State of Connecticut receives revenues from their two Indian Run Casinos. If a taxpayer wins a Jackpot equal to or greater than $1,200.00 and resides in Connecticut they will be subject to Connecticut State Tax. The Internal Revenue Service lets you deduct your winnings against your losses but not in Connecticut.

The various states are now realizing they created a major problem, but are not willing to discuss it openly. Various news stations have been reporting the negative impact, but due to the revenues generated, no one is willing to step up to the plate and help these people out.

Until the local authorities take action, many lives will continue to be destroyed.
Future articles will address the compulsive gambler, gambling addiction and a search to find a solution to this growing problem.

You may find the following websites helpful:

I Stopped Gambling So Can You http://www.istoppedgambling.com/

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The Day I Decided To Stop Gambling With Gamblers Anonymous

Everything was going perfect for me in life. Good job, good home, good life and good friends. Until one day some friends asked if I wanted to go to the casino. By the time I realized it, three years of my life were gone and I was in debt. It was time to quit.

The day I decided to stop gambling I was depressed and relieved at the same time. I couldn't go on any longer. I thought all my hopes and dreams were shattered. I couldn't tell anybody what I was going through. I was afraid that they would be disappointed in me. I remember the first day. I was nervous and anxious. I had a hard time focusing at work. This was not my first time trying to quit. I was sure I really wanted to quit, but wasn't sure if I could quit.

The day I decided to quit I had no where to turn. I found it was difficult to talk to my family and friends about my problem. I began to do research and found Gamblers Anonymous. I wanted to give Gamblers Anonymous a try. I happened to have met a lot of nice people there. They welcomed me into the group and made me feel comfortable. I had tears coming down my face and my anxiety kicked in. I was very quiet buy my emotions were running wild inside. I made it through my first meeting and was somewhat looking forward to the next one. As each week passed new members would join and others would disappear. This became a weekly event. Who was going to come back and who was going to stay?

I continued to go to my Gamblers Anonymous meeting on a weekly basis. I was always afraid some one would recognize me. The turn over was extraordinary. Each week as I entered the meeting my heart began to race until I was sure I didn’t know any of the new members. It was the tenth week and an old co-worker of mine walked through the doors. We hadn’t worked together for over ten years. I thought about leaving but I decided to stay and try and work it out. Unfortunately he did not keep the Gamblers Anonymous code. He had told a friend who told another friend until it got back to me. It was unfortunate, but I dealt with it and moved on.

I and others unfortunately had other situations occur that were not very positive for us at Gamblers Anonymous. I still thank them for putting me on the road to recovery. From the first time I entered Gamblers Anonymous and followed up with the website I Stopped Gambling So Can You http://www.istoppedgambling.com/

I believe I am on the road to recovery. I take one day at a time and allow myself the option to gamble or not to gamble. This helped me to take control of my life. By allowing myself to make the choice the amount of stress on me has been significantly reduced.

A month after I stopped going to Gamblers Anonymous meetings, I ran into one of the members. He was curious at how I was doing and asked me if I would be there next week? I told him I would try and make the meeting. I popped in a few times more to tell them how I was doing. They were all glad to see me, but I wasn’t in compliance with the rules of Gamblers Anonymous, so I decided not to go back. In this particular group I attended, they have rules that do not allow a member to comment during therapy if they did not attend four consecutive weekly meetings. I respected their rules but realized it was time to move on. I told the group and thanked them very much for putting me in the right direction and left.

After this experience I created a website that would allow people to be themselves as they recover. This site is also the closest to anonymous you can get. There you will also find a private stop gambling chat room and a self help manual to help gamblers stop compulsive gambling addiction. The website is I Stopped Gambling So Can You http://www.istoppedgambling.com/.

My experience from Gamblers Anonymous meetings to now has helped me to stop gambling. I stopped so can you!

Mr. Howard Keith has an extensive background in dealing with compulsive gamblers, relatives and friends of gamblers and teenage gamblers.

Mr. Keith believes there are many alternatives to aid in the recovery of a gambling addiction verses a twelve step program. A large percentage of his emails were from compulsive gamblers looking for an alternative to Gamblers Anonymous and twelve step programs. Gamblers Anonymous also helps a significant number of people each year but there is a large percentage that does not stay. These are the people Mr. Keith is hoping to reach.

It's Mr. Howard Keith’s goal is to educate compulsive gamblers with options to help them beat their addiction.

Mr. Howard Keith has an extensive background in dealing with compulsive gamblers, relatives and friends of gamblers and teenage gamblers. Mr. Keith believes there are many alternatives to aid in the recovery of a gambling addiction verses a twelve step program. A large percentage of his emails were from compulsive gamblers looking for an alternative to Gamblers Anonymous and twelve step programs. Gamblers Anonymous also helps a significant number of people each year but there is a large percentage that they are unable to reach.

You can also check out Mr. Keith’s other website Take Flight with Reliable-Marketing http://www.reliable-marketing.com/

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hey! and thanks for your sweet new years message! hope you had a good one too. be sure to know that i will be back throughout 2007...

Sober Chick said...

Thank you for all you do. Sending you greetings from sunny California. May this new year bring you wonderful gifts as you continue on your path.

Happy Sober and Clean New Year.

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