Gambling Addiction Stories

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At Williamsville Wellness we pride ourselves on creating a comfortable environment that lets those with a gambling addiction start to heal and get support through the struggle of getting over an addiction. We have had great success in helping our patients and would like to share their side of their gambling problem stories and the fight to overcome their addiction. These addiction stories are directly from our patients and we are proud to have had such an impact on their well-being.

Below are some gambling addiction success stories and letters that we’ve received from our past patients. All of these people, or their family members, have come to Williamsville Wellness for help with gambling problems. We have helped them, and we stand ready to help you too. Actual names in the gambling addiction stories have been changed or abbreviated to protect privacy.

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I’m a compulsive gambler. That was difficult to admit when I attended my first GA meeting. But it was even more difficult after I had relapsed.

I had stopped gambling for more than three years when I succumbed again to the compulsion of gambling. It was at this time that I knew I needed more than a weekly GA meeting to get me on the road of recovery. I searched the web for places that concentrated on compulsive gambling and found Williamsville Wellness. I contacted the center, and Bob called me. With his encouragement, I applied and have never been sorry.

Apprehensive at first, I was welcomed by the staff and other compulsive gamblers throughout the four weeks I was there. Bob’s staff is incredible—top shelf all the way. They challenged me, listened to me, guided me and encouraged me to see the true inner self and the possibilities that had been hidden by my own behavioral patterns and compulsive gambling.

Today I am on my road of recovery, thanks to the staff at Williamsville Wellness. What I gained there was worth the time, the financial investment, and the work to get me back on track.

Compulsive Gambler

“If you’re an addict then Williamsville Wellness IS the place for you!” I still look at the time I spent at Williamsville Wellness as the best investment in my life! Williamsville Wellness helped save my life and provided me with a plan for an amazing future!

I am 23 years old and came to Williamsville Wellness 22 months ago because of serious gambling addiction! I left with three suitcases and $125! 22 months later the staff is like family to me! I have a car, what I call a home and I just got offered a job as a manager of a restaurant!!! Not to mention life full of Love! Forgiveness! And Hope!

And though it took a lot of hard work and there were a few bumps along the way, I look at the time i spent at Williamsville Wellness as some of the best times of my life!
PLEASE if you need any help which most of us do! Consider Williamsville Wellness YOU WON’T REGRET IT!!!!!

Anonymous

Hi to All, I am doing fine. I’m helping my mom after having to move my dad into an assisted living home.

She is moving into a smaller place to start a life of living alone for the first time. Getting support from the whole family, but I am here doing the hands on stuff. I will be starting school soon. I am going to a community college to become a phlebotomist. That’s the person who runs around the hospital drawing blood. I hopefully will be out of school and working by the end of the year. My recovery is doing fine. I have struggled from time to time as we all do. I really don’t drink at all anymore. I really miss playing poker…a lot at times. I know my life is better off without gambling. I find a meeting or review my relapse prevention. The times I have slipped in the past since being out of WW have been stupid. I am always super sorry, don’t feel good. Never lose large amounts of money…(we all know it’s not about money) .

Guess it’s like quitting smoking just keep trying. I do feel more in control of my addiction and my life more than ever recently. Recovery really is a process… with no shortcuts. Everyone has to go through theirs. Please tell Bob, Catherine, Bonnie, Joel, Sandy, Robert and everyone I am OK. Without WW I would not be alive today. They helped me with so much more than my addiction. My mom has started going to group therapy at my request. It has helped her deal with this life stage and things she had stuffed inside over the years.

Thanks for keeping in touch, Love to all, Paul

Paul

S.H., a 45-year-old woman, was so addicted to playing the slot machines that she took the drastic step of moving to a part of the country where she could be closer to casinos and slots.

She had contacted WW, but only after she gambled away $30,000, did she seek treatment.

She has since moved away from the area near the slot machines and has not gambled for more than a year.

S.H

His employer knew about his problem and paid for his stay at WW. However, when his employer discovered he had embezzled funds, he lost his job.

With the support of the professionals at WW and his wife, M.R. completed his treatment, is now working and is moving on with his life.

M.R. had a severe gambling problem when he came to Williamsville

Hi! I’m Vern. I’m a compulsive gambler. That was difficult to admit when I attended my first GA meeting. But it was even more difficult after I had relapsed. I had stopped gambling for more than three years when I succumbed to the compulsion of gambling again. It was at this time that I knew I needed more than a weekly GA meeting to get me on the road of recovery. I searched the web for places that concentrated on compulsive gambling and found Williamsville Wellness Center. I made contact and Bob called me. With his encouragement to come, I applied and have never been sorry. Apprehensive at first, I was welcomed by other compulsive gamblers at that time and through the four weeks, by the staff. The staff Bob has put together is incredible “top shelf” all the way. They challenged me, listened to me, guided me, and encouraged me to see the true inner self and the possibilities that had been hidden by my own behavioral patterns and the compulsive gambling. Today, I am on my road of recovery, thanks to the staff at Williamsville Wellness. I read and study the Twelve Steps, attend GA meetings, and diligently work on my recovery. I was blessed to have a spouse and family that were supportive of this process and continue to do so. What Williamsville Wellness offered to me was worth the time, the effort, the financial obligation, and the work to get me back on track and be the person that is not cured, but a recovering compulsive gambler.

Vern

Before I came to Williamsville Wellness I was in despair. I couldn’t find a way to quit gambling and I kept going downhill. I was always trying to recoup losses. It never happened for me because I would just go right back. My family and friends didn’t want anything to do with me and I was miserable. I felt like I had no way out and was hopeless. Now, after the help of the program at Williamsville Wellness I have started into a new life. With the tools I learned, my self esteem returned and my life isn’t in shambles anymore. It took some work. Without the help and people at Williamsville I couldn’t have done it on my own.
Thank you,
Kelly M.

Kelly M.

When I was out there gambling I had lost everything. For 15 years I had been struggling, and just didn’t want this life anymore. I finally called for help and the people and Williamsville Wellness told me my life could change. Well it has and I am grateful that I found a way out.
Thank you,
Shea L.

Shea L

When my husband introduced me to Williamsville Wellness I was scared. I didn’t understand how they were going to be able to help me. I didn’t think I was addicted to gambling. I felt I had managed well for my family. It was when my husband found out I had ran our two major credit cards up to the max trying to cover my bets that he told me I should get some help. The people at Williamsville understood me and showed me how I could be free of my compulsive gambling. It took me admitting it first that was hard. After my counseling started I realized that I had a big problem and it was very clear. Today, I have so much support.

Thank you very much Williamsville Wellness,
Donna M.

Donna M.

I’m a compulsive gambler. That was difficult to admit when I attended my first GA meeting. But it was even more difficult after I had relapsed.

I had stopped gambling for more than three years when I succumbed again to the compulsion of gambling. It was at this time that I knew I needed more than a weekly GA meeting to get me on the road of recovery. I searched the web for places that concentrated on compulsive gambling and found Williamsville Wellness. I contacted the center, and Bob called me. With his encouragement, I applied and have never been sorry.

Apprehensive at first, I was welcomed by the staff and other compulsive gamblers throughout the four weeks I was there. Bob’s staff is incredible—top shelf all the way. They challenged me, listened to me, guided me and encouraged me to see the true inner self and the possibilities that had been hidden by my own behavioral patterns and compulsive gambling.

Today I am on my road of recovery, thanks to the staff at Williamsville Wellness. What I gained there was worth the time, the financial investment, and the work to get me back on track.

Vern

 

I’ve known Dr. Martz for 13 years.  I’m a 48 year old man who has struggled with compulsive gambling since I was 18.  I was most recently treated by Dr. Martz in a rehab in Baltimore in 2007, and have thankfully been bet free since then. I see a therapist weekly and a psychiatrist monthly for bipolar disorder medication, along with my weekly GA meeting.  This seems to do the trick.

I am thrilled you hired Dr. Martz. In 30 years of seeing counselors, psychiatrists, etc. I believe Mr. Martz to be the most effective, genuine, compassionate, and kind professional I have met. I believe he got this way by working for many years with the one other professional in the field who I believe is excellent…Dr. Val.  I live in the Philadelphia suburbs, and believe me if Dr. Martz were anywhere close I’d be seeing him on a weekly basis.  As a point of fact I tried to continue to see him in Baltimore but unfortunately he was working under a doctor who insisted I would have to see him as well as Dr. Martz….so I declined.  (I felt this doctor’s methods were abusive)

In any case I’m happy you hired Dr. Martz and you are lucky to have him.  I have no doubt he will help all of your patients.  If you ever set up any weekend or 3 day follow sessions for recovering compulsive gamblers please let me know as I would be very interested .

Wishing you well in your endeavors.  Opening a treatment center for compulsive gamblers is financially and emotionally trying, but sorely needed.  If I find anybody in my GA rooms who needs the extra help of your services, I’ll send them your way.

Sincerely,

Greg

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