Category Archives: Blog

“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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Brief Article: Top 10 steps in drug addiction intervention

Posted on Oct 10 2014 by Blog     — No Comment

Define the purpose of the talk, gain permission to talk, and help the person understand the reason for the intervention. Raise awareness of the issue in the context of the person’s health. Screen, evaluate and assess substance

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Article: Addiction professionals & creativity: How addiction counselors use art to heal

Posted on Oct 10 2014 by Blog     — No Comment

Deborah Feller is a psychotherapist who takes feelings she encounters in therapy sessions and transforms these into drawings and paintings. A highly gifted artist, she talks with us here about her work in addiction therapy and how the process of

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Article: How to Establish Respect in Relationships After Drug or Alcohol Addiction

Posted on Oct 10 2014 by Blog     — No Comment

Relationships And Life After Alcohol and Drugs: Begin With Self Respect Create An Action Plan For Addiction Recovery Approach Friends, Colleagues, and Others Face-To-Face To read more,

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Brief Article: Addiction Self Control

Posted on Oct 10 2014 by Blog     — No Comment

Exercising Self Control In Addiction Treatment How can you exercise more self-control in addiction recovery? How can you implement strategies to prevent relapsing?   How can you resist cravings and overcome thoughts? We explore here and introduce

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Brief Article: Addiction and Low Self Esteem

Posted on Oct 10 2014 by Blog     — No Comment

Self Esteem Exercise Go to the mirror, look the person you see straight in the eye, and see what your immediate reaction is. If it’s less than very positive, you have a self esteem issue – no “ifs”, “ands” or “buts” about it.

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Brief Article: Is it Wrong to be Selfish in Early Recovery?

Posted on Oct 10 2014 by Blog     — No Comment

Selfishness In Addiction Recovery Many people talk about putting yourself first in order to recover from drug, alcohol or chemical addictions. For some people, early recovery may be a necessary time of self-reflection and time spent alone. Others,

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The Story of the Butterfly

Posted on Oct 10 2014 by Blog     — No Comment

The Story of the Butterfly A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to squeeze its body through the tiny hole. Then it stopped, as if it

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