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Gambling addicts need a better deal

Gambling addicts need a better deal

Irreparable damage by glamorizing
Gambling addicts need a better deal
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I’m writing in hopes of raising awareness to the issue of problem gambling, especially as it relates to judicial system processing.

A “poster child” determined to succeed in recovery, faithfully doing everything possible to ensure a positive long-term outcome, two days shy of one year gamble-free anniversary. A state prison sentence depriving this individual continued treatment for problem gambling not offered behind bars.

This speaks volumes for an overwhelming need to address and promote education on gambling disorder, a DSM-5 diagnosis. In brief, it involves an imbalance of dopamine receptors/reward system of the brain

One doesn’t just stop addictive gambling behavior. It takes a lot of soul searching, hard work, determination, individual therapy and group support. Most importantly, it takes a desire to replace the gambling high with other meaningful activities. Addiction promotes destruction of family ties, physical, emotional, and financial devastation, even thoughts and acts of suicide. Wake up, folks.

Addiction spares no race or socio-economic background. Talk about it all you want, but let’s not sweep yet another addiction under the rug. Our nation’s opioid crisis has been ignored for decades

Advocate for yourself and your loved ones. Call the Center for Problem Gambling, Warren Street, Albany.

Unethical big business and individuals alike have caused irreparable damage by glamorizing behavior that often leads to addiction.

Let us begin to restore a sense of humanity within our fallen society. It starts with a kind word of concern and encouragement to those in need.

M.A.Yarborough

Rotterdam

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