May 2007

Interview with a Recovering Compulsive Gambler

My name is Marilyn Lancelot and I am a recovering compulsive gambler. I visited my first casino in 1984 at the age of 53. For seven years, my boyfriend and I made the four-hour trek from Yuma, AZ to Laughlin, NV every weekend. I learned early on how to lie to my family and friends and how to sign my employers' name to company checks. I considered suicide and planned it so it would like an accident.

Almost 50% of Problem Gamblers Are Women


October, 1999. Phoenix, Arizona. Women Problem Gamblers on the Increase

“Whether it’s in a casino or online, poker and other games of chance are becoming increasingly popular. It’s not just men who are addicted, a growing number of women are becoming compulsive gamblers, too. Early Show correspondent Hattie Kauffman takes a closer look at the troubling trend,” news anchor.

“The reality is the longer you gamble compulsively, which is what I was doing, the more you become a compulsive liar,” Melanie Morgan, former gambling addict.

How psychologist views problem


Problem Gamblers Face Myriad of Other Problems. It’s all reinforcement leading to depression, frustration, anger, in some cases suicide, many cases separation, in a lot of cases divorce. Being designed (?) by friends, family, loved ones. It becomes a lonely life.

It’s amazing how every little bit contributes to a person’s thinking. The subliminal mind thinking, “I could be one of these lucky people to win a car, a million dollars, or win a house."