This Week It’s All About Addicted Compulsive Gambling, The Disease & Caring People….

Hello Recovery Friends, Followers, & New Seekers,…

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*There is a VERY SPECIAL reason why I shared these ABOVE, when I talk about an Awesome and Wonderful friend of mine. She not only is a Recovering Addicted Gambler like myself, But she has done a lot for women who have reached out for HELP & HOPE from this Cunning Disease! And it is why I want to Share with ALL of you WHO she IS, & WHAT she does for others.*

This week I’m also sticking to my Grass-Roots sharing of insights, Info, Tips, and Opinions on Recovery from Addicted Compulsive Gambling. Jan 29th, 2007….I will CELEBRATE 7 years in recovery from this Cunning, Progressive disease. And without all my Recovery friends and Supporters, I will not have made it without them!
Please meet my good friend….


Author, Marilyn Lancelot
Here is more of who she is and what she does, her book, and a couple of Book Reviews as well….


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Gripped by Gambling

Click on:  YouTube Video   for a glimpse into the addiction.  Also available in Kindle edition.

One weekend on my way home from work, the numbers on my odometer read 77,776.7 miles. Because the driveway to my house was circular, I could drive around until the odometer reached all 7’s. With each trip around the yard, the odometer added one tenth of a mile. With my heart pounding, I raced around the circle, spinning gravel into the air while my grand-kids waved from the front porch..When the odometer reached the magic number and rolled over to six sevens, I slammed on the brakes and ran into the house screaming, “Tommie, come quick and see what happened . . . there’s six sevens on the odometer, three for you and three for me.” I twirled around the kitchen and yelling, “Let’s hit the road! Right now!” Anything with seven in it was good luck, street signs, license plates, billboards and even adding page numbers in a book. But this sign was special because it had six of the lucky numbers….
Even as I drove down the streets in Yuma, I watched for cars with license plates with sevens in them, or if all the numbers in the license plate added up to a seven, it meant good luck. Or if there was a twenty-one in the number, I could divide it by three and then I had three sevens. I believed in lucky jewelry, especially my crystals and lucky clothes, like my red blouse…
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*Marilyn has done some Generous work in many & most Arizona State *Women’s Prisons* & Women’s Correctional Institutes to bring Relief for women who are addicted gamblers serving time. Marilyn was successful in starting *Gamblers Anonymous Meetings* for these women to find Recovery while being incarcerated.*

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*Her book “Gripped by Gambling” is also HER PERSONAL STORY of addicted compulsive gambling. On her website above, you can really get a look and get INSIGHT as how Women Gamble for many different reasons than Men. What this woman endured is an INSPIRATION to many of us! Here is my Review on her book, “Gripped by Gambling”*

*MY REVIEW ~~ By, Author Catherine Townsend-Lyon*…


I have to say the I was captivated by the info on this authors book to begin with. It said how a woman, in front of her family and grand kids had police and Federal police came to her home and took her away in hand cuffs!! WELL, that was all I needed to want to read her True Story and experience of late in Life and finding yourself in the middle of a full blown Compulsive Addicted Gambling Addiction! She shares her time and experience in Prison, and how NOW she helps many other women still in Prison, and they have Gamblers Anonymous meetings to help them all through the State of Arizona!..

This book is not ONLY a must read for others touched by Gambling Addiction, but for the Insights it holds about the Disease that the Public needs to be aware of!

Great Job Marilyn, and THANK YOU for your Friendship and Recovery Support! xxoo *Catherine*

Now here is one more REVIEW by I feel,  a Professional who understands about Addicted Compulsive Gambling from….

Don’s review is for: Gripped by Gambling (Paperback)….

A review by Don Hulen:

Finally! A book about a woman compulsive gambler, an Escape Gambler. Thank you Marilyn. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem and that person is a woman or just plays slot machines you need to read this book. It is real. When I finally got a copy I read it from beginning to end. I am ADHD, and that is the first time in probably 30 years I have done that.

It isn’t about flipping coins when you were seven or eight, betting on the ponies, playing dice or the numbers. It isn’t about craps, poker or blackjack. Its a book about a woman who couldn’t stop gambling. I will say it again, couldn’t stop gambling. Every counselor who treats or pretends to treat Escape Compulsive gambling should read this book and have a copy in their library for required reading by patients. I have read many of the books written by problem/compulsive gamblers. I have read many of the articles written about problem gamblers…

The majority are about men who gambled huge amounts and seem to glorify their gambling. Marilyn has written about the pain, the real pain she caused her children, her grandchildren her lover and her sister, her victim as well as herself. Witting about these experiences while pointing the finger directly at yourself is a very difficult thing to do. I know, I can’t seem to do it.

I was there in the court room when they slapped the handcuffs on her and took her to prison while her children and grandchildren were crying. I was there when her boyfriend died. I was there when her son died. I was there when her grandson who is now in prison was the lead story on the news. I was there when her daughter finally got straight. I was there when she started a meeting for women (despite adverse consequences). I was there when some of us didn’t really accept women into our program but she insisted on coming and changed our program forever.

Its been over sixteen years since I met Marilyn, I thought I knew something about women gamblers, I didn’t know anything until I read her book….

Don Hulen, Executive Director, Arizona Council on Compulsive Gambling

*I THANK you all for taking time out of your day to Stop By my *Little Recovery Blog*
And I look forward to your continued *Recovery Support* for ME and My Friends! *

Warm Regards,
Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon


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