COMPULSIVE GAMBLING:
More Than Dreidle
Rabbi AbrahamTwerski, M.D.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION 5

VARIETIES OF GAMBLING 8

ADDICTIVE THINKING 14

THE PORTRAIT OF A COMPULSIVE GAMBLER 21

IS RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE A DETERRENT TO GAMBLING? 26

THEORIES ABOUT COMPULSIVE GAMBLING 27

THE DEVELOPMENT OF COMPULSIVE GAMBLING 34

TEENAGE GAMBLING 41

THE POKER CRAZE 44

STORIES 48

GETTING PERSONAL: ARNIE’S STORY 53

GETTING PERSONAL: MY TURNING POINT 59

GETTING PERSONAL: I’M 40 YEARS OLD AND I FEEL I’VE LIVED A LIFE OF 150 64

GETTING PERSONAL: MY MARRIAGE WITH MENDY 69

GETTING PERSONAL: I’VE GOT MY SELF-RESPECT BACK AGAIN 74

GETTING PERSONAL: WHY CAN’T YOU BE LIKE JEROME? 77

GETTING PERSONAL: I AM THE WIFE OF A COMPULSIVE GAMBLER 80

TREATMENT OF COMPULSIVE GAMBLING 86

THE COMPULSIVE GAMBLER’S FAMILY 92

GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS 96

CONFRONTATION AND INTERVENTION 111

CAN THE RABBI HELP? 114

CAN THE MARRIAGE RECOVER? 116

SPIRITUALITY 123

CAN ADDICTION BE PREVENTED? 127

A REAL RECOVERY STORY 129

APPENDIX 131

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