Gambling Addiction Story "I was in the treatment center for close to five weeks during the month of October and was addicted to playing Blackjack, Craps, and Poker. I was born in 1928 so I was 67 years old. The papers describing my gambling activities created gambling excitement among everyone in the room at times. My life's earnings were from wages so I was not wealthy. When I gambled, it felt like I was on a roll. My $5.00 bet quickly turned to the black chips that were $100.00. I will be 89 years old in March. I have never taken a chance on any sort of wager since I left Vanguard. I chaired GA meetings for several years
Frequently Asked Questions on Problem Gambling Gambling addiction is serious disease that affects not just your own life, but can leave your entire family and financial standings in ruins. The following are frequently asked questions that were adapted from the National Council on Problem Gambling and our own addiction experts at Project Turnabout. What is problem gambling? According to the National Council on Problem Gambling, problem gambling (gambling addiction) includes all gambling behavior patterns that compromise, disrupt, or damage personal, family, or vocational pursuits. Essential features include an increasing preoccupation
Loving yourself while recovering from an addiction is an important piece to a successful life in recovery. While using, many emotions live inside the addict such as fear, shame, and guilt. These emotions are difficult to face but is necessary to the healing process. The following ways to improve self-love will help you to move past these emotions and move forward into a life filled with love and positivity. Understand the Disease of Addiction Remembering that addiction is a disease that affects a person's brain is sometimes difficult to understand to those who don't suffer from addiction. When using, the
Celebrating 25 Years of Gambling Recovery Twenty-five years have come and gone since the beginning of our Vanguard Center for Gambling Recovery Program first started. What started out as a meeting for Gambler's Anonymous turned into a fully functioning residential program for men and women that still continues to this day. 1990 - 1999 Project Turnabout began to receive calls from individuals concerned about a friend/family members gambling, wondering what they could do. An informational meeting for Gamblers Anonymous was held at Project Turnabout. One of our counselors, Sandi B., attended training for compulsive gambling counseling.
Music can be a powerful tool. It has been scientifically proven to be beneficial to your mental health. It can alter your mood, enhance your attention and learning experiences, as well as calm anxiety and decrease stress. (source) We’ve put together a list of feel-good, upbeat, and inspirational songs to help boost your mood and input some positive messages in your day. If you have a favorite song that helps lift your mood when you need it, please share below in the comments section!
The Alumni Art Project is All About Helping Find Hope Wow, we made it through the holidays and now jumping into a new year with feet on the ground running! Momentum is a good thing. Growth is a good thing. It means we’re helping people find hope for a better life, and freedom from their addiction. The Alumni Art Project is all about helping find hope. I’m excited to share an update with you on this effort launched by Project Turnabout in 2016. Our Art Committee selected 13 original pieces submitted by alumni, family members, or persons connected with Project Turnabout to be displayed in our Family/Education Center building by
Project Turnabout Receives $100,000 from Otto Bremer Trust to Update Key Business Systems Granite Falls MN; January 3, 2017 - Project Turnabout Centers for Addiction Recovery announced a grant award of $100,000 from Otto Bremer Trust to support its nonprofit business operations in serving people and families who seek treatment for drug, alcohol or gambling addiction. The grant allows Project Turnabout to update, improve and expand its health and financial information systems to meet current and future patient needs. “For many people struggling with addiction, they turn to us at a time when they feel alone and hopeless. They want a
Ways to Kick Off Your Wellness Plans in 2017 With 2017 just around the corner and we all know what that means: wellness resolutions. Having a regular diet and exercise regimen is directly connected to your overall mental well-being, and thus is very important. We can mean well with our New Year's resolutions, but what we often don't account for is life intervening in our plans. Our family gets sick, children have us running after them constantly, we miss one workout or eat a piece of pizza then give up. We are all too hard on ourselves and forget that it takes more than a week to make a change in our lives. Here are some things from
Addiction isn’t something that you go through alone. The chaos of it all will create a ripple effect onto family members that can last a lifetime. All of the stress, hiding, lying, and other negative aspects of the disease can tear homes apart. Sometimes it can be hard to believe, but your family is your biggest support group. No one wants to see the ones they love in pain. Getting back to a place of trust and respect can be hard, but getting family involved is a vital piece of the journey to recovery. Start the Family Healing Process While the addict is using, the family members are often left home alone. The problem is usually not
Alcoholism: An Overlooked Addiction When you hear the phrases “I wasn’t even planning on going out last night” or “I don’t remember anything,” what comes to mind? Are these common phrases you hear? Most people would think it is just the words of a person who had a little too much fun the night before, or is it more than that? In a society that has been accepting of drinking for hundreds of years, alcohol addiction can be too easily overlooked. Why is this? Perhaps because the signs and symptoms they say are red flags have now become social norms in college towns and cities big and small across the country. With the holidays