I'm A Recovering Addicted Compulsive Gambler
by Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon
(Sunny Arizona, USA)
My name is Catherine, and I'm a recovering addicted compulsive gambler. Jan 29th, 2014 will be my 7 year recovery B-day. As I spent time reading your website here, I have to say, "THANK YOU" for sharing your story with all who visit here. I didn't come from a "gambling family," although I did come from a dysfunctional one. I'm a sex abuse survivor, as it happened when I was young, from 10 to almost 14 years old by 2 friends of our family.
My mother was very controlling, and used much verbal & physical abuse to keep us kids in check. Later in my thirties came the loss and passing of my brother-in-law, and a couple of good, close friends who passed from cancer. ALL of this started to resurface at this time. I enjoyed gambling every now and then, so my addiction started slowly, and progressed as traumatic life events unfolded.
The facts are that most women gamble to "Escape" such things, and also feelings of hurt, pain, disappointments, and more.
That is how my addiction began. My past hurts came knocking, and them my gambling slowly progressed, and before I knew it, I had crossed that line into addicted, uncontrolled gambling to "COPE" with Life, Past and Present! I wrote my Personal Story in a book called, "Addicted To Dimes" (Confessions of a liar and a Cheat)......By: Catherine Townsend-Lyon Available on Amazon.com & Barnes & Noble.
I continue my story, and help others who are reaching out for Recovery from addicted gambling on my Recovery Blog:
Please feel free to come by anytime, and check out my Recovery Resources Page. I Advocate to "Shatter the "Stigma" of others in recovery from addicted compulsive gambling. WE CAN RECOVER & WE ARE WORTH IT!!
God Bless, Catherine