Click on the hyperlink to read any of the first-person narratives below. Some are by the spouse of a problem gambler, some by a PG in recovery. Some are through the eyes of an addicted gambler not in recovery.
Another section gathers third-person accounts of terrible outcomes.
First-person accounts by the non-gambler:
The spouse of an addicted gambler talks to the National Gambling Impact Study Commission (NGISC) 1998 LMtestimony
Another addicted gambler’s spouse testifies to the NGISC 1998 Robintestimony
New Feb 2013 Short, poignant account of 40 years in recovery for a couple. A suicide attempt by the non-gambling spouse was the turning point. my_gambler
New on Feb 23 2013 A couple driven apart by his gambling reconciled, have thirteen years in recovery now. She narrates the misery endured and offers hope that does not always emerge in such accounts. ALL THE SIGNS WERE THERE
Firsthand accounts by problem gamblers in recovery
http://veronicavalli.com/2013/08/the-fear-behind-her-poker-face/ The writer is a recovered gambling addict who is now a therapist. Outstanding. Of special interest to women.
AGamblersStory Narrative written 2012 by a compulsive gambler in recovery. This was sent in U.S. mail by CAGNY to the District Offices of all NYS legislators in late July 2012 on the occasion of “National Responsible Gam[bl]ing Education Week,” an annual production of the American Gaming Association. The cover letter, written by CAGNY officers, may be seen by clicking on AGamblersStoryCoverLetter .
TinaS_letter (2012) by a recovering gambler describes how casinos kept after her with come-ons even when she had registered as self-excluded. This is “regulation” in action (or shall we say inaction).
English gambler four years past most recent bet tells his story to reporter Jenni Horn Jan 5 2013. He used FOBTS (Fixed-odds Betting Terminals), similar to (USA) Video Lottery Terminals or Poker Machines (“Pokies”) found in Australia. http://preview.tinyurl.com/ac4vb78
Accounts by compulsive gamblers not in recovery
English paper Jan 25 2013 interviews gambler addicted to FOBTs http://preview.tinyurl.com/adpm3gz Article also recounts recoveries by others.
http://preview.tinyurl.com/a5asjfk English article on how much problem gamblers spend, by type of game. Seems to be lower % than in USA but prevalence of problem gambling is not given. Has a sidebar with three first-person narratives of gambling addiction.
Horror stories (none first-person) about sequellae of compulsive gambling
Albany Times Union 12 Jan 1996 reports sentencing (8-25 yrs) of a 30 year old compulsive gambler from NYS who strangled his fiancee on the eve of ther bridal shower. They fought over his having lost their wedding fund of $2000 gambling. http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-157155335.html
For accounts of eleven other ghastly incidents from North America in which non-gambling family members of addicted gamblers died see our post from Feb 18 2013 “Forgotten Collateral Damage.”
Article from Winnipeg tells how in 2008 a schoolteacher learned her gambler husband had run up >$300K debts in her name and >$500 K in his. A shock, eh? http://preview.tinyurl.com/cn96j86