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Gambling Addiction: Removing the stigma and working towards recovery

November 2, 2012
The Times Observer

Every year, six to eight million Americans struggle, often in silence, with a gambling addiction. Although for most people, gambling is a fun and non-problematic form of entertainment, for those with an addiction the results can be tragic. "People often do not recognize when their gambling has become a problem," states Nicole Drozdiel Gambling Prevention Specialist for Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems, "too often I meet people who didn't realize they were addicted until after they have lost everything including their jobs, homes, family, and even their freedom." People with gambling addictions are among the highest population to either attempt or complete suicide. According to Drozdiel, "this due to the fact that this addiction progresses going unnoticed because there are not the obvious physical symptoms like you might see in a person who struggles with other addictions like alcohol or drugs."



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