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Scott's Story

My name is Scott and I'm a recovering compulsive gambler who has not had the need to make a bet since Feb. 12th 1994. Prior to that I gambled compulsively for 40 years.

At an early age I found that I liked to gamble. It all started with pitching pennies, penny ante poker games and making small bets with my friends. By the time I got to high school, gambling had already taken control of my life. My gambling caused the loss of a college scholarship.

At the age of 25 I went into business for myself and started to make more money than I had ever dreamed of making, but it didn't matter. I soon found out that no matter how much money I made it wasnít enough to feed my gambling addiction, because I could never win enough money to make me happy.

My gambling caused the loss of my business, home and family. It caused me to be a liar, cheat and manipulator. After 40 years of compulsive gambling I was finally ready to admit and accept the fact that I was powerless over gambling and my life had become unmanageable.

With the help of my family I sought help through the Gamblers Anonymous Recovery Program. Since that time, my life has returned to a normal way of thinking and living. From a nobody I became somebody. I became a husband, father, and grandfather. All of this has been possible through a Spiritual awakening as result of the Gamblers Anonymous 12 steps of recovery.