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Gambling Addiction in the news...
The below link will take you to a news story published in March 2015 about a brave female gambler who tells her story. I admire her for stepping up and helping those who are struggling with gambling to know they are not alone.
April 07th, 2015
The below story from USA today, published on April 4, 2015 reports that there are advocacy groups that are concerned about the predatory nature of the state run lotteries.
Let's talk about lotteries. Lotteries are a form of gambling that entice those who are seduced by fantasy. Just think for a moment about the solution that a large windfall would create. Being able to pay back all the debt, pay off the house, own the cars, pay for the kids to go to private schools and even help those family and friends that are also financially behind the 8 ball.
Some fantasies get very involved and therefore feel even more real and all the more likely to happen. The chance of winning the lottery is like the same person being hit by lightning between 10 and 15 times. As the baby in the E-Trade commercial says, "You are more likely to be mauled by a polar bear and a regular bear in the same day than you are to win the lottery."
Yet we continue to buy lottery tickets. We know that the chances are low but the draw of the fantasy keep us coming back for more. We say to ourselves, "As long as I have a ticket in my hand or in my pocket I have a chance to win."
So, how do you know if this is an addiction or not? Do you lie about your lottery ticket purchases? Have you bought more lottery tickets recently than you used to buy? If you answered yes to either of these questions you can receive a no charge gambling evaluation here at Peace and Power Counseling.
We are not going to do any more than let you know what our assessment shows and let you know what your options are. We are here to help you find a way out of the despair that the gambling has caused. Please give us a call today.
Gina Fricke is the owner/therapist at Peace and Power Counseling LLC.