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Title:
All bets are off : losers, liars, and recovery from gambling addiction
Author:
Wexler, Arnie, author.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Las Vegas, NV : Central Recovery Press, [2014]

©2014
Physical Description:
xxvii, 167 pages ; 23 cm
Summary:
"Wexler's gripping narrative leads us through the dungeon of a compulsive gambler's world--chasing the big win and coming up with empty pockets--and how his addiction drove him and his wife, Sheila, to the edge of life. With help, they managed to escape, and together they have devoted themselves to helping others with the problem they know so well."--Page [4] of cover.
General Note:
Foreword by Rob Hunter, PhD.
Language:
English
Personal Subject:
ISBN:
9781937612757
Format :
Book

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Arnie Wexler's life as a gambler began on the streets of Brooklyn, New York, flipping cards, shooting marbles, and playing pinball machines. At age fourteen he found the racetrack, a bookie, and started playing the stock market. His obsession with gambling accelerated until a fateful day in 1968 when it all came crashing down.

Wexler's gripping narrative leads us through the dungeon of a compulsive gambler's world--chasing the big win and coming up with empty pockets--and how his addiction drove him and his wife, Sheila, to the edge of life. With help, they managed to escape, and together they have devoted themselves to helping others with the problem they know so well.

Arnie and Sheila Wexler have provided extensive training on compulsive, problem, and underage gambling to more than 40,000 gaming employees and have written Responsible Gaming Programs for major gaming companies. In addition to running the toll-free, national helpline 888-LAST-BET, Sheila and Arnie are consultants to Recovery Road in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, a Sunspire Health private residential treatment facility for adults with chemical dependency and problem gambling.

Steve Jacobson was a sports reporter and columnist for Newsday for more than forty years with a great interest in all aspects of sports. He co-authored a number of books with notable sports personalities. He was named by Associated Press among the top sports columnists and twice was nominated by Newsday for the Pulitzer Prize.


Author Notes

Arnie and Sheila Wexler have provided extensive training on compulsive, problem, and underage gambling, to more than 40,000 gaming employees and have written Responsible Gaming Programs for major gaming companies. In addition to running the toll free, national helpline 888-LAST-BET, Sheila and Arnie are consultants to Recovery Road in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida-a Sunspire Health private residential treatment facility for adults with chemical dependency and problem gambling.
Steve Jacobson was a sports reporter and columnist for Newsday for more than forty years and co-authored a number of books with notable sports personalities. He was named by Associated Press among the top sports columnists and twice was nominated by Newsday for the Pulitzer Prize.


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Library Journal Review

Wexler, a certified compulsive gambling counselor (CCGC) and former executive director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, has over 30 years of experience helping compulsive gamblers. In this work, with sports reporter Jacobson, the author reveals the story of his serious addiction to gambling. He admits frankly the sordid details of his hopeless chasing of a big win, only to continue coming up with empty pockets, and shares how his disease drove him to the edge of oblivion, before accepting the vital professional assistance that enabled him to escape the deadly cycle of gambling and begin to help others. Details of his account are recognizable-the beginnings of his addiction at a relatively young age, stealing money to continue gambling, and the impact on his family of his never-ending debt that dissolved all available financial assets. Wexler writes of the reality of devious gambling-house odds that always defeat customers while constantly stimulating them to continue risking their money and how to detect and appreciate signs of gambling behavior. He also provides a handy self-assessment tool designed to display signs of a developing disorder and explains the struggle of recovering gamblers working to establish compulsive gambling as a disease. VERDICT Wexler's heartfelt revelations add an emotional impact to valuable information that helps readers better understand addictive gambling. His direct, honest style will be well received by readers struggling with the disease and professional therapists working with them.-Dale Farris, Groves, TX (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Rob Hunter, PhD, Founder, Nevada Psychological Associates and Problem Gambling Center of Las Vegas
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. xvii
Prologuep. xxvii
1 Wheeling and Dealingp. 1
2 Craft and Graftp. 17
3 Bottomless Quicksandp. 31
4 Pay for Playp. 47
5 On the Brinkp. 65
6 Temptations and Tip-Offs to Troublep. 77
7 Twelve-Step Recovery for Compulsive Gamblers and Their Familiesp. 97
8 New Lifep. 127
9 The Big Picturep. 143
Additional Resourcesp. 159
A Word from Steve Jacobsonp. 165

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