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…

The Myths and Facts of Gambling Addiction

Since 2008, Family & Children’s Services Gambling Program has been helping hundreds of individuals find the path to recovery and hope. How much do you know about this “hidden illness?” Here are some myths and facts about the disease: MYTH: You have to gamble every day to be a problem gambler. FACT: A problem gambler…

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…