Chapter 1 : Cover and Prologue

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”CHAPTER 1 : COVER AND PROLOGUE” font_container=”tag:h1|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text] The definition of gambling: To bet on an uncertain outcome, to play a game of chance for stakes or to take a risk in the hope of a win. Those are the first three explanations that appear when you type in the word gambling on any […]

Chapter 2 : Beginnings

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”CHAPTER 2 : BEGINNINGS” font_container=”tag:h1|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text] HERE IS MY STORY… Let me introduce myself, my name is Jackson and I’m 42 years old going on 67, or, at least, that’s how it feels. There is a reason for my advanced aging process, not only do I look older than I am but I also […]

Chapter 3 : Birth

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”CHAPTER 3 : BIRTH” font_container=”tag:h1|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]The bright lights, beautiful women, and high roller lifestyle were attractive to me, and it didn’t take long for the addiction to set in. Soon all I could think about was gambling, it didn’t matter where I was, whether I was at work, at home with my beautiful wife […]

Chapter 4 : Debt

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”CHAPTER 4 : DEBT” font_container=”tag:h1|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]After the birth of Andrew, I continuously convinced myself that I would slow down on gambling. I knew we needed the money more now than ever. It was just so hard, no matter how hard I tried something lured me back to that damn place.

Chapter 5 : Disappointment

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”CHAPTER 5 : DISAPPOINTMENT” font_container=”tag:h1|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]Relationships are hard to begin with especially if you’re in a committed relationship. If one person has an addiction and a very expensive one like gambling, it’s, even more, difficult. About five years ago, I was offered a promotion, and I became a partner at the law firm, I […]

Story of a Gambler (Chapter 6: Loans)

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”STORY OF A GAMBLER (CHAPTER 6: LOANS)” font_container=”tag:h1|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]After blowing $30,000, and bills piling up I had two options. One was to pull myself together and try and tell Annie about how I’ve been gambling for years and ask for help, for forgiveness for anything. Or I could go to my parents and tell […]

Story of a Gambler (Chapter 7: Routine)

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”STORY OF A GAMBLER (CHAPTER 7: ROUTINE)” font_container=”tag:h1|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]Have you ever hit rock bottom? Or known anyone who has? Well, I can only speak for myself, but I think for someone that battles any addiction it’s a safe bet that they’ve hit rock bottom at least once in their life. I can remember clearly […]

Story of a Gambler (Chapter 8: Aftermath)

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”STORY OF A GAMBLER (CHAPTER 8: AFTERMATH)” font_container=”tag:h1|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]The next day George called me into his office as soon as I arrived at work, he told me that he was going to give me some time off until I sorted out my life. I wasn’t happy because I loved my work the money was […]

Story of a Gambler (Chapter 9: Help)

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”STORY OF A GAMBLER (CHAPTER 9: HELP)” font_container=”tag:h1|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text] One morning on my way to the casino, I thought about stopping to grab a quick cup of coffee to hold me over. I really needed a coffee that morning considering I gambled until 5 AM in the morning, and I was on my way […]

Chapter 10 : Phases

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”CHAPTER 10 : PHASES” font_container=”tag:h1|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]After that first meeting at Gamblers Anonymous, I did something that I hadn’t done in years, I went home (the hotel) instead of the casino. I was very anxious, and I wanted to go and gamble, but something stopped me. The fact that I couldn’t stop hearing in my […]