Here I sit with lifeless eyes,
Playing my machine…it’s do or die.
With the spin of the wheel I place my trust,
I’m gonna’ win…I must.
I think to myself I’ve gotta’ be nuts
My money is gone and I’ve gone bust.
Tomorrow’s a new day and I need more cash
“Money Tree” is up the street; so there I dash.
What the hell, I can’t lose this time.
I feel so lucky. I feel just fine. Read more →
As I look forward to numerous upcoming educational programs focusing on Problem Gambling, the Nevada State Conference scheduled for April 12th & 13th at the Las Vegas Gold Coast, stands out as a premier event of the year! nevadacouncil.org/2012_conference.php? I am looking forward to sharing the stage Friday afternoon with Ted Hartwell as we each present our viewpoint on advocacy and social change in problem gambling. Ted will share his personal approach of one-on-one advocacy as I share from the lens of a national advocate for social change in problem gambling. Regardless of the platform or the scope, every recovering gambler who speaks out makes a difference toward collective societal change. Read more →
“Putting the pieces together” is inherent in addiction. Living a life of purpose and passion is the gift.
Recovery has given me the greatest gift of all – a new lens through which I view the world and the perspective to see the blessing in having twelve dollars to my name after a year of abstinence from gambling. I share my personal journey in recovery in a story entitled “Twelve Dollars” in the book “Life Choices: Putting the Pieces Together.”
My life’s purpose, serving as a catalyst for social change in problem gambling, was illuminated through the heartbreaking experience of losing Lanie, and is shared in the ”book “Life Choices: Pursuing Your Passion.”
Another gift of recovery is that my new lens shows me clearly that it’s not “all about me!” That’s the irony of addicts. We enter recovery with high egos and low self-esteem. We are lonely and yet we isolate. Today my perspective is that I am here to serve – as a messenger of hope and a conduit for change. And I am not alone! I am joined in this journey with 26 incredible authors who share their message, their experience, strength and inspiration with heart and authenticity.
And now YOU have the opportunity to hear their stories, to be inspired and to ignite your own passion by attending Life Choices: The Event, March 23-24, 2012 at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas!