Newspaper Reporters Tread Lightly on Compulsive Gambling Addiction

Websites designed to help people overcome their gambling addictions have recently been contacted by television associate producers and reporters in an effort to obtain information about individuals who have been affected by compulsive gambling addictions. In most cases, they are looking for people to come forward and share how their lives have been impacted by local gambling establishments. In the majority of these cases, people feel fear of embarrassment from family and friends and therefore, are not willing to discuss how their lives were affected.

I was recently contacted by BET nightly news. They asked for help to locate people who lived within a specific geographic area whose lives were affected by gambling. Out of the five individuals I found, all refused to discuss their situations or allow someone to interview them for fear of recognition.

Through my website, I Stopped Gambling So Can You http://www.istoppedgambling.com/ I have been fortunate enough to meet people of different backgrounds and learn about their gambling addictions. They have allowed me to share their stories with others as long as I assure them that their names will be kept confidential. I have shared some of these situations with reporters and associate producers with the hope that the message would reach the politicians.

One politician I spoke with said he was trying to pass a law that would prevent people from using their credit cards to buy lottery and scratch tickets at local convenience stores. At first I thought this was a joke. People who want lottery tickets will get them with or without a credit card. Lawmakers need to see the larger picture. Most people who live within sixty miles or less from gambling establishments, are negatively impacted.

It's been about ten years since the casinos opened in the state of Connecticut. People are spending more of their money there and not at the local businesses and shopping malls. Lawmakers need to realize that casinos grow very quickly in size due to the amount of money people lose. The amount money lost to gambling could be have been used to boost our economy instead.

The truth is political leaders love the revenues generated by the casinos. This makes them look good to the voters because they don't have to increase taxes. Do the political leaders care that the economy is being negatively affected? Based on my knowledge and experience in this area, I predict that in less than five years the devastation caused by gambling establishments will be seen. This can be prevented if people are educated and given the truth about this private addiction.

In speaking with reporters, I have also asked why they don't disclose the direct relationship between the amount of growth a casino has and the amount of money people lose by gambling. They have no response. The media enjoys reporting to everyone about the one individual who wins a million dollars. The media fails to mention that Casinos take in more than a million dollars a day from slot machines alone at the same time they report the million dollar winner. It's this distorted view that sends people down the road to self destruction by hoping to win big just once.

The operators at gambling establishments are very greedy people. In some states, penny slots were recently introduced as a way to attract seniors and lower income families. They believe the slots allow everyone to play such as those on social security and welfare and not just the rich. The truth is they don't care about whom they hurt or how many lives are destroyed. The one thing I have learned is that all gambling establishments do not discriminate. If you have money, they will gladly take it with a smile.

Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT ran a promotion in which they mailed out $50 dollar vouchers in an effort to bring people into the casino. In one week I heard from over fifteen people who actually used these vouchers but lost anywhere from one hundred to over a thousand dollars in just one visit. The casinos know how to draw people in. In order to avoid temptation, compulsive gamblers have asked to be removed from the mailing list. Unfortunately, gambling establishments don't care and will still send you information, but just not as often. During the holiday season, casinos mailed out $400 and $100 dollar vouchers for people to use at any of the gift stores located inside their establishment. Since it's the holidays they know gamblers buy gifts too, but once they get the gambler back into the casino, they're hooked once again. Is it unfortunate? Or was this just manipulation to get the gambler back?

Based on the statistics, gambling addiction is on the rise and the economy is in trouble. Is there a relationship between the current economy and gambling establishments? When will the politicians step up and help these people? It's up to the people to take a stand and hopefully the political leaders will step up and help these people out.

I have an extensive background in dealing with compulsive gamblers, friends and family of gamblers and teenage gamblers. I believe there are many alternatives to aid in the recovery of a gambling addiction. A large percentage of emails I receive are from compulsive gamblers looking for alternatives to Gamblers Anonymous and twelve step programs. Programs such as these help a number of people each year but there is a larger percentage that needs an alternative. These are people that I am trying to reach.

It is my goal to educate compulsive gamblers with options to help them beat their addiction.

Mr. Howard Keith has an extensive background in dealing with compulsive gamblers, relatives and friends of gamblers and teenage gamblers.

Mr. Keith believes there are many alternatives to aid in the recovery of a gambling addiction verses a twelve step program. A large percentage of his emails were from compulsive gamblers looking for an alternative to Gamblers Anonymous and twelve step programs. Gamblers Anonymous also helps a significant number of people each year but there is a large percentage that does not stay. These are the people Mr. Keith is hoping to reach.

Its Mr. Howard Keith's goal is to educate compulsive gamblers with options to help them beat their addiction.

In The News:

This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news

New York Times

These Americans Are Done With Politics
New York Times
As the country catches its breath after one of the most acrimonious midterm elections in years, it would be easy to conclude that all of America is hopelessly divided — a land where two angry tribes are at each other's throats and everybody thinks ...


KLAS-TV

Politics Now: 11/17/2018
KLAS-TV
LAS VEGAS - This week on Politics Now: what's behind the blue wave, new State Senator Majority Leader Kelvin Atkinson explains his priorities for the 2019 legislative session, and how a recount works. Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All ...


Washington Post

Fight for House speaker explodes into national political campaign
Washington Post
While congressional leadership fights have historically revolved around insular matters such as committee assignments and rules changes, the battle over who will lead the newly empowered House Democrats has exploded into a national political campaign.
Escaping the Politics of AngerTownhall
The #FiveWhiteGuys Are Offering a Sucker's Bet to Anti-Pelosi DemocratsEsquire.com
Tucker on Pelosi Debate: 'Dems Have Reached the Identity Politics Cul-de-Sac'Fox News Insider

all 2,765 news articles »

kjrh.com

Fallin to retire from politics
kjrh.com
It appears to be the end of the road for Governor Mary Fallin when she steps down in January. Fallin says she will not go after an elective office again when her term as governor ends. She adds she wants to spend more time with her family. The 63-year ...
Oklahoma Gov. Fallin Says She's Retiring From PoliticsU.S. News & World Report
Gov. Mary Fallin says she's retiring from politicsNewsOK.com

all 36 news articles »

Christian Science Monitor (blog)

Horse sense for politics
Christian Science Monitor (blog)
The day of the midterm elections in the United States, I was reading a book that seemed the furthest thing from American politics. The story of how a man domesticated a wild mustang, after all, stirs the thought to contemplation of wide-open vistas and ...

and more »

Tampa Bay Times

Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics
Tampa Bay Times
President Donald Trump talks with Republican candidate for governor Ron DeSantis, left, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott, right, after arriving on Air Force One at Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers, Fla., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. Susan ...
In the new politics of the recount, it pays to fight to the bitter endLos Angeles Times
Gillum concedes in Florida gubernatorial contestWashington Post
Andrew Gillum - Home | FacebookFacebook
Facebook
all 1,771 news articles »

HuffPost

Jemele Hill On Colbert's Show: Sports And Politics Have 'Always Mixed Together'
HuffPost
... race and politics, was responding to Colbert's question on whether sports and politics were “more connected now than ever” ― particularly as President Donald Trump routinely interjects himself into controversies involving sports, the late show ...

and more »

On Politics: Florida to Recount Senate Votes; Governor's Race Nears End
New York Times
Good Friday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today. • Florida concluded the first phase of the tumultuous recount of its midterm election on Thursday, as the Republican Ron DeSantis appeared to have enough ...


The Jerusalem Post

Editorial: Responsible politics
The Jerusalem Post
Elections haven't even been called yet and the mudslinging has already begun. On Friday, after meeting with Education Minister Naftali Bennett, who had demanded the newly-vacated defense portfolio, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the Bayit ...
Netanyahu in political showdown to avoid early Israeli electionReuters

all 486 news articles »

Foreign Policy

Matteo Salvini's Selfie Politics
Foreign Policy
MILAN—Italy might be in the middle of a high-profile showdown with the European Union over its proposed budget for next year, but last week the country was captivated by a different drama: Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini's breakup, which played ...

and more »
Google News

The Wage-Productivity Gap

The most damaging factor to our economy today is the... Read More

Faith in Our Government

Many have lost faith in the government and are completely... Read More

Silicon Valley Brain Drain; Bad Trade Policies, Why?

We have brain drain issues in Silicon Valley, we have... Read More

National Archives Needs to Embed RFID Tags in Ink

Perhaps we should have printers with ink which has metallic... Read More

Arson Neighborhood Mobile Watch Program for Summer Fire Season

Due to the bizarre weather patterns this winter California got... Read More

Dismal Performance of the NSA

The NSA failed the American people and allowed the attack... Read More

A Look Ahead to 2008 (Part II)

Last week, I began my look ahead to the 2008... Read More

China: Tibet Standoff

The People's Liberation Army of China invaded Tibet in 1949.... Read More

The Absurdity of the Public School Monopoly

The notion that local governments should have almost total monopoly... Read More

Medicade Scam; Worse than You Think

You are not going to believe what is going on... Read More

The Rosicrucian Council of Three

THE ROSICRUCIAN COUNCIL OF THREE:A Thelema/OTO leader who became a... Read More

Secret Clandestine Facial Recognition Countermeasures and The Future of the CIA

Presently Universities and Private Enterprise are working to build more... Read More

The Revolt of the Poor: The Demise of Intellectual Property?

Three years ago I published a book of short stories... Read More

The Liberal Solution: Assault a Conservative?

Ok, here is what happened: On March 31, 2005, Pat... Read More

Free Trade, Outsourcing, Protectionism and Reality Check

Recently on C-SPAN, there were two gentlemen debating free trade... Read More

Government Workers and Lawyers Revolving Door Rule Needed

We need more oversight and transparency in government. We need... Read More

Business: ?Where Is America Headed To??, New York Millionaire Wonders

Hello! Happy new year. May you live a long healthy... Read More

Poverty in America: Over 35 Million Living Below the Poverty Line

The problem of poverty in America comes as a surprise.... Read More

War with Red China Eminent Now

An irresponsible Chinese General made a very telling comment recently.... Read More

Lawyers and Franchising

It is amazing how the Federal Trade Commission has destroyed... Read More

So How Far Have We Come? Here are some of the 2001 Anti Terrorist Projects

An article in Information Week in January 14, 2002 discussed... Read More

Elliot Spitzer Sued By Feds

It appears the Feds are suing Elliot Spitzer over his... Read More

Environmentalism and Roads in Our Forests

Many environmentalists are against roads through the forest because it... Read More

Reprisal of the Bill of Proposed Electronic Crime Act 2004

The clause (c) of Electronic Crime Act 2004 has been... Read More

Corruption and Transparency

I. The FactsJust days before a much-awaited donor conference, the... Read More