Jeffrey’s losing streak

Jeffrey* called Family & Children’s Services toward the end of a long losing streak that extended far beyond the casino tables. He lost his savings and retirement accounts to gambling addiction. He lost his wife, Cynthia, and his home. Jeffrey knew he needed to lose his addiction too, or he’d eventually lose his life. Some…

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Problem gambling similar to substance addiction

Gambling is big business in Oklahoma. In 2016, Oklahoma’s tribal gaming revenue was up 3 percent. Thousands of Oklahomans gamble without suffering any ill effects. But an unlucky few risk becoming problem gamblers. Of those, there are two basic types: action gamblers, who love the act of gambling, and escape gamblers, those who gamble to “zone…

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