All Bets Are Off

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All Bets Are Off: Losers, Liars, and Recovery from Gambling Addiction

By Arnie Wexler with Steve Jacobson
Wexler’s compulsive gambling once spiraled out of control. Now after forty-plus years in
recovery, he’s become a nationally known expert on gambling addiction.

all bets are off

Press Release

“Arnie is always available, responding not just
emotionally, but physically, to gamblers still suffering.
He is a good and loving man, but he is also a tough
guy. He’s a guy tough enough to have survived the
gambling story you are about to read and tough enough
to make twelve-step calls that have involved cancelling
family plans, driving through blizzards, and facing the
underbelly of gambling straight on. Arnie is tireless in
his efforts to help others.
“He is alive with his desire to share the joyous freedom that
his recovery has brought him, while still remembering well
the horror of his late-stage gambling. When Arnie sees a
person walk into a twelve-step program for the first time,
he remembers how he felt that first day he came for help.
You are about to read the story of a legendary recovering
addict.”—from the Foreword by Rob Hunter, PhD, Founder,
Nevada Psychological Associates and Problem Gambling
Center of Las Vegas.

Wexler’s life as a gambler began on the streets of Brooklyn,
New York, flipping cards, shooting marbles, and playing pinball
machines. His preoccupation with gambling accelerated until
a fateful day in 1968 when it all came crashing down.
His gripping narrative leads us through the dungeon of a
compulsive gambler’s world—chasing the big win and coming
up with empty pockets—and how his addiction drove him and
his wife, Sheila, to the edge of life. With help, they managed to
escape, and together they have devoted themselves to helping
others with the problem they know so well.

By Arnie Wexler with Steve Jacobson
Central Recovery Press
December 2014
$16.95 Trade Paper
180 pages
ISBN: 978-1-937612-75-7
E-book: 978-1-937612-76-4


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.

Since 1980, the American Psychiatric Association (in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual — DSM-IV), has listed “Pathological (Compulsive) Gambling” as a diagnosable and treatable illness. The criteria for diagnosing the disease are listed here.

Compulsive gambling also affects the family of the gambler. The Chart of the Effects of Compulsive Gambling on the Spouse outlines some of the traits associated with a typical relationship affected by this devastating disease.