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.
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.Â If I find anybody in my GA rooms who needs the extra help of your services, I’ll send them your way.