Category Archives: Blog

How to Deal with a Gambling Addiction: Compassion

Posted on Oct 20 2016 by Blog     — No Comment

How to Deal with a Gambling Addiction:  Compassion might be a good start but a tough one.  Gambling away savings and retirement can be a hard pill to swallow.  Maybe more difficult is the lying that goes along with addiction.  Furthermore, is

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Slot Addiction: A Story of Hope

Posted on Oct 17 2016 by Blog     — No Comment

After seeking treatment for her slot addiction this former patient has a story of hope.  As with many people the consequences of addiction take a toll on the human spirit.  A recent article shows how far one will go to fuel an addiction. One

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Betting Addiction: Things to Avoid

Posted on Oct 14 2016 by Blog     — No Comment

Betting Addiction:  Things to Avoid Recently in a group discussion patients were asking what to avoid when quitting gambling.  Sometimes the answers are pretty obvious. But there are some areas where the answers might not be so clear. If you

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Help with Gambling Problem: What is GA?

Posted on Oct 12 2016 by Blog     — No Comment

Help with Gambling Problem:  It is often recommend that a person with such a problem attend Gamblers Anonymous (GA) meetings to help maintain a gamble free life.  So, what is GA?    How do you know if you are a gambling addict?  Who attends

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Gambling Addiction: Crossing the Line

Posted on Oct 11 2016 by Blog     — No Comment

Gambling Addiction:  Crossing the line and becoming a compulsive gambler can happen to anybody.  Going to a casino seemed like a fun time for this former patient.  The first time was very uneventful as he managed to play the slots very

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How to Quit Gambling for Good

Posted on Oct 07 2016 by Blog     — No Comment

How to Quit Gambling for Good:   This former patient learned one of the most important tools to utilize.  How often does someone go into treatment and shortly after leaving they are gambling again?  This is unfortunately a common experience for

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I am a Gambling Addict: Help me Avoid Jail

Posted on Oct 04 2016 by Blog     — No Comment

"I am a Gambling Addict" are tough words to say for anyone.  But you could avoid jail for the last time if you can admit you have a problem with gambling.  Admitting this and seeking treatment can help you.  One former patient served a lot of

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How to Comfort a Gambling Addict: Mindfulness

Posted on Sep 30 2016 by Blog     — No Comment

How to Comfort a Gambling Addict... Mindfulness is when a person tries to focus on the present moment and can be used as a tool to reduce stress. [caption id="attachment_1885" align="alignnone" width="525"] How to Comfort a Gambling Addict and

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Gambling Addiction Support: Sponsorship

Posted on Sep 27 2016 by Blog     — No Comment

Attending twelve step meetings after an in-patient treatment stint is one of the keys to relapse prevention.  It is highly suggested that once leaving treatment the gambling addict should continue with some sort of gambling addiction support.

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Compulsive Gambling Treatment Centers: How to Prevent the the next Big Gambling Loss

Posted on Sep 26 2016 by Blog     — No Comment

Compulsive Gambling Treatment Centers Breaking the trigger-thought-craving-use- process and how to deal with a gambling addiction.    First one must understand that there is a common process that leads up to a gambling relapse.  It starts

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Quitting Gambling and Getting Effective Sleep

Posted on Sep 16 2016 by Blog     — No Comment

If you are in recovery, sleep deprivation is the most common universal warning sign of relapse. A lack of sleep leads to bad decisions for individuals.   Moreover, those with any impulse control issues find their normal problems magnified.  This

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Ohio Legal Gambling made $9.7B from 2012-2015

Posted on Aug 31 2016 by Blog     — No Comment

In a recent article, a reporter looked at the "losses" from gamblers in Ohio over a four year period. He characterized the profits from the Ohio gambling sources a little oddly - the $9.7B is really the money made by the industry. This is still

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How to Avoid Gambling by Appreciating & Finding Beauty in Your Surroundings

Posted on Aug 08 2016 by Blog     — No Comment

by Amy Dettre One of my hobbies is Photography. Photography is a good way to become more mindful of your surroundings and can be done almost anywhere. I have been focusing on nature the last few months and specifically what is around me in the

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New Generation Of Youth Gamblers On The Rise

Posted on Jul 14 2016 by Blog, Gambling, Gambling in the news     — No Comment

You won't find the new generation of compulsive gamblers in casinos or race tracks.  You have to be over eighteen or to enter those places... These new gamblers are young adults and teens gambling away their savings and

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CORE Conference Exhibit

Posted on Jul 11 2016 by Blog     — No Comment

Williamsville Wellness is at the 4th Annual Clinical Overview of the Recovery Experience (CORE), presented by C4 Recovery Solutions, a 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to promoting the design, provision, and monitoring of outcomes-based addiction

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Get Movin’!

Posted on Jul 10 2016 by Blog     — No Comment

by Kristin Fisher The journey of life leads each of us (enviably ) through mountain paths as well as dark valleys. In my twenties, It seemed that the valley paths had gotten exceptionally low and I was in a tailspin. I was desperately trying to

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Virtual Gambling

Posted on Jul 08 2016 by Blog     — No Comment

In recent years, online gambling has become a bigger and bigger issue. The majority of the attention is focused on giants (such as fantasy sports betting), but there are more problems than just this one instance. Online unregulated gambling

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Problem Gamblers and A Recent Patient’s Inspiration

Posted on Jul 02 2016 by Blog     — No Comment

At Williamsville Wellness the clinical team has a tradition after we have treated problem gamblers. On the final day of a resident’s treatment we conduct a farewell ‘ceremony’ in which all peers and staff share their final thoughts with the

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Setting up a Fitbit for IOS

Posted on Jun 29 2016 by Blog     — No Comment

Residents of our program use Fitbit Charge HRs!  Fitbits are an excellent tool to help motivate you towards a healthier life, and fitness, as well as adopting healthy habits, plays a huge part in overcoming addiction. One of my favorite

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Wall Street Gambling Problems

Posted on Jun 15 2016 by Blog     — No Comment

Andrew Caspersen will likely plead guilty to losing $150 million, in a series of investments that have more in common with gambling than investing. The actual crime he is being charged with is fraud. Caspersen has told U.S. District Judge Jed

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“Fantasy” Betting Changes

Posted on Jun 14 2016 by Blog     — No Comment

In the last year, massive changes have been made to on-line sports betting, particularly with "Fantasy" sport leagues. Positively, nine states have clearly defined gambling under the law, including New York, and one (Texas) has added

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The Benefits of Getting a Sponsor

Posted on May 10 2016 by Blog     — No Comment

by James "Jimmy" Hovermale The importance of having a sponsor is often emphasized during treatment, and a recent study looked at some of the the reasons why. Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital found that when people got a sponsor

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The Evolution of Gambling – a Historical Review

Posted on Apr 23 2016 by Blog     — No Comment

Many factors influence who gambles, mainly social/economic, but also ease of access.  A recent article in business insider does a good job of going over the history (such as it is) of gambling. In a nut-shell, gambling is a concept that is not

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VA to become first state to regulate Fantasy Sports

Posted on Feb 24 2016 by Blog, Gambling, Gambling in the news     — No Comment

Bob Cabaniss, founder & executive director of Williamsville Wellness, was recently interviewed by ABC Channel 8 about a law in Virginia that has passed the house and senate. It now goes to the Governor, and would impose registration and auditing

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Travel Mindfully: Tips from Andrea

Posted on Dec 18 2015 by Blog, Gambling in the news     — No Comment

Our resident mindfulness coach, Andrea, just got an article accepted in the Elephant Journal. The question at hand is, what makes travel a better experience, both in terms of quality and extended benefit instead of a temporary

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Congress considering changes to Mental Health Laws

Posted on Nov 17 2015 by Blog     — No Comment

Williamsville Wellness is the only treatment center in the US licensed to treat Gambling, Alcohol, or Substance abuse as a mental or physical illness. As such, changes to the mental health laws are on the top of our minds. As far as changes go,

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Exercise tip of the week: Cramps

Posted on Oct 15 2015 by Blog, Gambling, Gambling in the news     — No Comment

For those who have to stop exercising because of cramps, two pieces of advise: 1) Stretch the muscles, 2) Write down what preceded the cramp. If you note a trend, you can probably avoid the

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Feeding the Cardio

Posted on Oct 05 2015 by Blog, Gambling, Gambling in the news     — No Comment

Williamsville has a total health picture in mind for patients. One thing we're noticing is a lot of people have trouble meeting the recommended 30 min of actual cardio a day. This is different from a 30 min workout designed to get the heart rate

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CBS spotlight on Fantasy Football

Posted on Sep 20 2015 by Blog, Gambling, Gambling in the news     — No Comment

Richmond's Channel 6 (CBS) did a review of current Fantasy Football betting. An interview with Bob Cabaniss, of Williamsville Wellness, is

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Channel 3 Does a review of Fantasy sport betting

Posted on Sep 15 2015 by Blog     — No Comment

Channel 3 does a good piece on the legality of betting on fantasy sports. Williamsville Wellness founder and director, Bob Cabaniss, is asked to

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