Category Archives: Blog

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

Setting up a Fitbit for IOS 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 which plays a huge part in overcoming

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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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Medical Study: Different Brain Chemistry in Problem Gamblers

Posted on Sep 03 2015 by Blog, Gambling, Gambling in the news     — No Comment

A study presented in Berlin found the opioid center of the brain works different in people with an addiction to gambling than with volunteers. The article presents the facts pretty plainly, but the implications back up two other observations. First,

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Richmond Times Dispatch Article

Posted on Oct 10 2014 by Blog     — No Comment

At 20, Joseph Curci has lost $40,000 to gambling since he started playing poker with friends five years ago. Then he started hitting the racetrack near his New Jersey home. Sports betting came next. Before long, his addiction was blowing through

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Featured on MTV’s True Life: I’m a Gambler

Posted on Oct 10 2014 by Blog     — No Comment

Whether betting on sports, black jack, or online poker, many of us enjoy the occasional chance to turn loose change into mad money. But for nine million Americans — gambling is a dangerous preoccupation that’s causing massive debt, damaged

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Our Executive Director Quoted in New York Post

Posted on Oct 10 2014 by Blog     — No Comment

Liberty could get up to $1M from Foxwoods In a league where every revenue dollar counts, the Liberty yesterday announced a multiyear sponsorship deal with Foxwoods Resorts Casino that will give the Connecticut gambling giant prominent placement on

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Brief Article: Benefits of Exercise in Addiction Recovery

Posted on Oct 10 2014 by Blog     — No Comment

This brief article states the variety of benefits that come from exercise. Regular exercise is beneficial for those with issues in various forms of addiction, alcoholism, drug abuse, anxiety, depression, and other mental afflictions. To read

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The Most Important Lesson by Mark Black

Posted on Oct 10 2014 by Blog     — No Comment

No matter what obstacles life inevitably throws in your way, the most important lesson to respect is that of perseverance. Do everything in your power to incorporate this into your life and… -NEVER stop running down your

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Brief Article: NYTimes: Lucrative Gambling Pits Tribe Against Tribe

Posted on Oct 10 2014 by Blog     — No Comment

From The New York Times: Lucrative Gambling Pits Tribe Against Tribe Plans for two tribal casinos are drawing fierce opposition from nearby tribes with casinos that they say will be hurt by the newcomers. To read more, Click

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Article: “Stopping Haters from Derailing Your Recovery”

Posted on Oct 10 2014 by Blog     — No Comment

Recovery from any form of addiction [alcohol, drugs, gambling] is a process. During this process, there will be times where people are supportive of your decision begin progression in life and those who support your negative behavior and sabotage

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Poem: “Look to this Day” by Kalidasa

Posted on Oct 10 2014 by Blog     — No Comment

Look to this day: For it is life, the very life of life. In its brief course Lie all the verities and realities of your existence. The bliss of growth, The glory of action, The splendour of achievement Are but experiences of time. For

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Brief Article: There is Always Hope for Recovery

Posted on Oct 10 2014 by Blog     — No Comment

Do you feel hopeless due to your negative behavior? Do you feel that your addiction issues are unbreakable shackles that keep you from progressing through life? If 23 million Americans can recover from substance abuse and other forms of

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Video: School educating students from Addicts to Graduates

Posted on Oct 10 2014 by Blog     — No Comment

This school featured by CBS News is not just a treatment center for addictive behavior, but their students are getting their education for success as well. To view the video, Click

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Article: Why Do People Become Addicted?

Posted on Oct 10 2014 by Blog     — No Comment

“If you’re reading this, you probably have a friend or family member who is addicted to something: gambling, drugs, alcohol, even sex or the internet. And you’re probably wondering how did they ever wind up in such a bad place in their lives?

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