Exposing the Dark Side of Gambling Addiction

Arnie Wexler is a Certified compulsive Gambling counselor (CCGC), and was the Executive director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey for eight years..

Arnie is one of the foremost experts on compulsive gambling in this country, and has been involved in helping compulsive gamblers for over 30 years. He has appeared on many of America's top television shows, including Oprah, Nightline, and 48 Hours. He has been quoted and profiled in hundreds of magazines and newspapers.

What is Compulsive Gambling

Compulsive gambling is a progressive disease, much like an addiction to alcohol or drugs. In many cases, the gambling addiction is hidden until the gambler becomes unable to function without gambling, and he or she begins to exclude all other activities from their lives.

Gambling for most people is a recreational activity. However, for an estimated 3% to 5% of the general population, gambling results in an addiction. Estimates as high as 25% to 30% of alcoholics and drug addicts are also addicted to gambling.

Inability to stop gambling often results in financial devastation, broken homes, employment problems, criminal acts and suicide attempts.