Gambling has affected every part of my life—not just financial, but family, employment, social, spiritual, even legal.
All of my earnings, all of my savings, bad checks, checks on closed accounts, credit cards, credit cards in other people’s names, cards in made-up names. Bankruptcy.
Missing family gatherings; Christmas, holidays, birthdays, graduations, children growing up, weddings, grandchildren.
Going from a “neck-tie” job to part-time jobs through temporary agencies.
I never saw friends, avoided seeing them. No church, no spiritual feelings, and no interest in such things.
Felony conviction for forgery. I was running constantly. Wins became losses. What was once wildly fun was now sickeningly desperate.
All of the casinos knew me. Some of the workers knew me by name. Some of them had my picture on their wall!