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The Delaware Council on Gambling Problems is a nonprofit health agency founded to provide programs and services for problem gamblers and their families. Provides Delaware 1-800-Helpline service as well as texting or online chat support.
A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others recover from a gambling problem.
All Bets Are Off by 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.
Publication Date: 2015-01-20
Gambling Addiction by Gambling addiction costs American businesses $40 billion in lost wages and insurance claims each year. Through objective overviews, primary sources, and full color illustrations this title examines What is Gambling Addiction? Why Do People Become Addicted to Gambling? What Are the Costs of Gambling Addiction? Can Gambling Addiction Be Overcome?
Publication Date: 2015-01-01
Overcoming Pathological Gambling by As gambling becomes more prevalent and more accessible in our society, pathological gambling is growing as a serious problem. In most instances, excessive gambling negatively affects a person's home, social, and professional life, and leads to serious financial trouble. In repeated trials,cognitive-behavioral therapy has proven an extremely effective treatment for this problem.Written by the developers of an empirically supported CBT program for the treatment of pathological gambling, this guide includes all the information and materials necessary to implement successful treatment. Most pathological gamblers exhibit misconceptions or erroneous beliefs about the nature ofgambling, believing they can 'beat the system.' One of the central points of focus of this treatment is to help clients correct these beliefs and understand the true nature of games of chance.The authors provide step-by-step instructions for clinicians to help clients understand all of the facets of their problem. In addition to correcting erroneous beliefs about gambling, this program teaches problem-solving skills, self-assessment techniques, and trigger recognition and avoidance.Designed to be used in conjunctiuon with the corresponding workbook, this guide provides results not only in supervised therapy but in long-term relapse prevention as well.
Publication Date: 2006-12-14
Debtors Anonymous is a non-profit organization based on the twelve-step principles of Alcoholics Anonymous with a purpose of helping its members to stop incurring unsecured debt. It also offers similar support for those who are self-employed or business owners.
A twelve step fellowship of men and women who have come together to help themselves and one another recover from underearning. While the most visible consequence is the inability to prove for one’s needs, including future needs, underearning is also about the inability to fully acknowledge and express our capabilities and competencies.
Spent by As a child, Avis Cardella devoured the glamorous images in her mother's fashion magazines. She grew up to be one of the people in them, living a life that seemed to be filled with labels and luxury. But shopping had become a dangerous addiction. She forwent food for Prada. Credit card debt blossomed like the ever-increasing pile of unworn shoes and clothing in the back of her closet. She defined herself by the things she owned and also lost herself in the mad hunt for the perfect pair of pants or purse that might make her feel whole. Spent is Avis Cardella's timely, deeply personal, and shockingly dramatic exploration of our cultural need to spend, and of what happens when someone is consumed by the desire to consume.
Publication Date: 2010-05-14
Life and Debt Life & Debt is not your typical "get debt free" book. It's about learning to love and embrace your debt because in today's world, it is practically impossible to be debt free. Life & Debt is not about teaching life without debt, or to be free of debt, but learning to live with debt and embracing it to the extent that you manage it and take on debt that makes sense for your life. The key lesson from the book is learning to love your debt is one of the first steps of being able to properly manage it. For anyone who wants to live their life with debt happily - college students, grads, parents, grandparents, and those on fixed incomes, business owners and heads of households - the concepts can be fit into any lifestyle on different levels from basic income to complicated budgets. Also suitable for people going through life transitions (marriage, divorce, widow, retirement), as well as most of the middle class who are struggling to keep up with the Joneses.
Publication Date: 2014-01-15
The Fix by In The Fix, Damian Thompson takes a controversial position on addiction, positioning it not as disease but as choice. A recovering alcoholic and journalist, Thompson lays out a brilliant cultural analysis of contemporary addictions and explains how capitalism and modern society drive them. Calling himself a "12-step heretic," Thompson says that the hell of addiction is taking over our modern lives. Indeed, aside from illegal drugs, painkillers, and alcohol, addictions to web-connected devices, video games, technology, television, sex, and food are have become ubiquitous. Thompson argues that attachments to family and work have been replaced by addictive behavior. Simultaneously intellectually serious and charming through the bleak prognosis, The Fix offers a glimmer of hope for the dark future it predicts.
Publication Date: 2013-01-17
Eating and Exercise Addictions
Eating Disorders by It has been estimated that as many as 15 million people suffer or will suffer from anorexia and bulimia at some point in their lives. Additional statistics suggest that 25 million more suffer from binge eating and other related behaviors. The overwhelming majority of individuals who suffer from eating disorders are girls and young women between the ages of 12 and 25, but young males are not immune to these addictions and the statistics grow more alarming every year. Eating disorders affect not only those who suffer from them, but family members and friends who feel powerless to help. In Eating Disorders: The Ultimate Teen Guide, Jessica R. Greene offers hope for the young women and men who have engaged in these self-destructive urges. In this book, Greene examines the causes and varieties of teen eating disorders and offers advice on how to overcome them. The author looks at how eating disorders are defined, how common they are, and how they are tied into behavioral addictions. In addition to explaining how and why certain people suffer from these compulsions, this book looks at: .Social and Cultural Pressures .High Risk Groups .Myths and Stereotypes .Health Repercussions .Methods of Prevention .Intervention Strategies .Treatment Options .Recovery Intended to serve as a comprehensive guide, this book also includes a list of resources for teens and their parents. Drawing on input from experts in the field, as well as real-life stories, Eating Disorders: The Ultimate Teen Guide will help young adults who are struggling with this devastating affliction."
Publication Date: 2014-08-14
The Truth about Exercise Addiction by Designed for individuals concerned about their workout habits, personal trainers, family and friends of folks with a problem, as well as working mental health professionals treating exercise addicts, The Truth About Exercise Addiction provides an easy-to-read, illuminating glimpse into the rising trend of over-exercise. Delving into the history of exercise addiction and the growing influence of thinspiration, Katherine Schreiber and Heather A. Hausenblas illustrate the symptoms and dangers of obsessive exercise with true stories from sufferers, all while exploring why and how such a seemingly healthy behavior morphs into a dangerous means of self-destruction. Analyzing the causes and consequences of excessive physical activity alongside the influence of genetics, culture, and personality, this book allows readers to gain a greater understanding of what exercise addiction looks and feels like. The Truth About Exercise Addiction also provides an unprecedented list of resources to address exercise addiction, a snapshot of treatments currently available for sufferers, and to top it off: guidelines on how to confront and care for someone who may have a problem."
Publication Date: 2015-02-19
The Psychology of Overeating by Drawing on empirical research, clinical case material and vivid examples from modern culture, The Psychology of Overeating demonstrates that overeating must be understood as part of the wider cultural problem of consumption and materialism. Highlighting modern society's pathological need to consume, Kima Cargill explores how our limitless consumer culture offers an endless array of delicious food as well as easy money whilst obscuring the long-term effects of overconsumption.The book investigates how developments in food science, branding and marketing have transformed Western diets and how the food industry employs psychology to trick us into eating more and more - and why we let them. Drawing striking parallels between 'Big Food' and 'Big Pharma', Cargill shows how both industries use similar tactics to manufacture desire, resist regulation and convince us that the solution to overconsumption is further consumption. Real-life examples illustrate how loneliness, depression and lack of purpose help to drive consumption, and how this is attributed to individual failure rather than wider culture.The first book to introduce a clinical and existential psychology perspective into the field of food studies, Cargill's interdisciplinary approach bridges the gulf between theory and practice. Key reading for students and researchers in food studies, psychology, health and nutrition and anyone wishing to learn more about the relationship between food and consumption.
Publication Date: 2015-10-22
Internet and Social Media Addictions
Social Networking Addiction: Emerging Themes and Issues
An editorial on social networking addiction published in the Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy by Mark D. Griffiths, International Gaming Research Unit, Psychology Division, Nottingham Trent University, UK.
Computer/Internet Addictions Symptoms, Causes and Effects
PsychGuides.com provides an overview of the symptoms, causes, and effects of computer and internet addiction, as well as suggesting treatment options. This web page may contain 3rd party advertising.
Internet Addiction Test
A self-administered likert-scale test created by Dr. Kimberly Young of the Center for Internet Addiction, designed to measure Internet use in terms of mild, moderate, to severe levels of addiction.
Internet and Social Media Addiction by Researchers believe that between one and eight percent of people who use the Internet become addicted to it. Through objective overviews, primary sources, and full-color illustrations this title examines: Is Internet and Social Media Addiction a Serious Problem? What Causes Online Addiction? How Do Online Addictions Affect Health and Well-Being? and How Can People Overcome Internet and Social Media Addiction?
Publication Date: 2015-01-01
The Distraction Addiction by The question of our time: can we reclaim our lives in an age that feels busier and more distracting by the day? We've all found ourselves checking email at the dinner table, holding our breath while waiting for Outlook to load, or sitting hunched in front of a screen for an hour longer than we intended. Mobile devices and the web have invaded our lives, and this is a big idea book that addresses one of the biggest questions of our age: can we stay connected without diminishing our intelligence, attention spans, and ability to really live? Can we have it all? Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, a renowned Stanford technology guru, says yes. THE DISTRACTION ADDICTION is packed with fascinating studies, compelling research, and crucial takeaways. Whether it's breathing while Facebook refreshes, or finding creative ways to take a few hours away from the digital crush, this book is about the ways to tune in without tuning out.
Publication Date: 2013-08-20
Gamer Nation by The American "game economy" has become an enormous enterprise, devouring roughly one-ninth of America's entire economic output. This overview of arguably the most influential segment of the entertainment industry examines the perspectives of gaming enthusiasts, addicts, designers, arcade owners, psychologists, philosophers, and more. Weighing the positive and negative aspects of games, the author considers their effect not only upon the players but upon culture and society. What trade-offs are being made when people play games for twenty-plus hours a week? The author puts particular emphasis on Candy Crush, whose enormous popularity has left all other games far behind. Since 2013 it has been installed over a billion times and its simplicity has disrupted previous game-design assumptions, proving new games don't have to be sophisticated and graphically immersive. He also offers insights from interviews with experts on the mechanics of manipulation. Sophisticated psychological tools are used to design games that are compelling, irresistible, and possibly addicting. In a few case, obsessive game-playing has been the cause of death. Whether you enjoy games as a harmless pastime or are suspicious of their effects on the quality of your family's life, you'll want to read this wide-ranching exploration of the growing game phenomenon.
Publication Date: 2018-07-31