Women Overpowered by Compulsive Gambling
Gambling like any other addiction is overpowering, it can and will drive you to insanity. If you have not succumbed to insanity it just might cause you to consider committing a crime to obtain finances so you may continue with your addiction to gamble; thus leading you closer to the gates of prison or worse yet death. I came much to close to getting arrested for a felony like a few of my sisters. I have tried and failed at committing suicide on three different occasions. There are those brothers and sisters in the fellowship who have succeeded at suicide. You just might go so far as to embezzle funds from your employer. There are those sisters who have spent time incarcerated for their crimes, and yet others are still in prison. A quote taken from my Gamblers Anonymous handbook states: “The persistence of this illusion is astonishing. Many pursue it into the gates of prison, insanity or death.” My choice was life over death, sanity over insanity, and the thought of prison scares me. My life free from gambling, the love of God and family is far more important to me to ignore. After seven plus years of frenzied, uncontrollable, insanity I have turned my life over to my Higher Power, my God, Jesus Christ. He has helped me through all my adversity, above all else He has restored my love for Him and family. Gambling is described as one of the most “baffling and insidious” addictions that can “never be cured” but it can most definitely be “arrested” through diligent, hard work in the Gamblers Anonymous Program. Two words in my vocabulary, “baffling and insidious” remind me what gambling will do to you. The word “baffle” in my dictionary is described as: “frustrate, thwart, foil, and perplex. The meaning of the word “insidious” enthralls me the most: “ambush, sly, treacherous, seductive and the meaning that tears at my heart the most, “is having a gradual and cumulative effect: subtle.” As the snake slithers through the grass seeking its prey for food, so does gambler seek funds to feed their addiction to gamble. Unfortunately, the gamblers addiction is a slow “subtle and treacherous” deterioration unbeknownst especially to the gambler herself. Gambling will perplex you, it will frustrate you and above all it will thwart every emotion you possess. It will turn you into that slithering snake! You will become enthralled by anger, greed and hatred. You will destroy everything good in you. If you are suffering from a gambling addiction reach out for help through Gamblers Anonymous, grasp the program with all your might, and take it to heart for it may just save your life......
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