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BEHIND the 8-BALL: A Recovery Guide for the Families of Gamblers

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About the Author

Linda Berman, LCSW, and Mary-Ellen Siegel, LCSW, are both psychotherapists in private practice recognized for their work with out-of-control gamblers and families of gamblers as well as their presentations at conferences and on radio and television. Berman was previously the program coordinator of the Compulsive Gambling Program and Addiction Center at Westchester Jewish Community Services. Siegel is a clinical instructor in the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (June 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583480463
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583480465
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #783,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I thought this book is one of the most thorough and helpful books regarding dealing with gambling addiction. It enlightens on how you can protect yourself from the throes of gambling. It provides information that will help you understand and deal with the illness. Excellent book!
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I am Clinical Psychologist who treats gambling addiction. This book is an important tool for spouses of gamblers who are starting to come to terms with the problem. As one prior reviewer noted, it does not provide false hope for families who are being destroyed by this difficult addiction. What it does to is help a spouse wake up to the reality that if the gambler does not stop their lives will be ruined as well as that of the gambler. Pathological gambling is a very treatable issue and most people that I have worked with get better, but it certainly is not a perfect line from wanting to get better to never gambling again. This book will help prepare the spouse (it is more for a spouse than a parent or sibling) for the worse-case out come. Strongly recommended.... Eric Geffner, Ph.D.
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This book is an excellent resource for family members in a variety of situations. Whether they are just starting to learn about gambling as an addiction and need to know what signs and symptoms to watch for or whether they are well beyond that stage and needing to know what to do with an early or later recovery family member this book provides a clear, easy to read resource that is a good adjuct to counselling, group work or even as a stand alone resource.
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This book is spot on, and thus extremely depressing (but still spot on). I basically followed the section which broke down how to talk to your gambler, including where to pause, verbatim in talking to the gambler in my own life (I rehearsed a bit because I used to get so flooded.) I bought a used copy and refer to it occasionally these days to remind myself of why gambling can be so toxic, and to remind myself of what I can be doing to practice self-care. I can now authoritatively explain to people how gamblers think, or at least explain how my gambler thinks, and this book gave me the words and concepts to do so. Again, I'm sorry if you have to read this book because you're probably already in a lot of pain. My only wish is this came as an audio recording so I can prompt others to listen to it while driving around.
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This book is an excellent resource for an ever-growing problem in our society. It very effectively explores the origins, family responses, treatment, and prognosis for this form of addiction. It will help the spouse and family of an addicted gambler begin to understand and to get a grip on an addiction that has destoyed many families in recent times. It will give an understanding you may not find outside of a support group.
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This book remains my top recommendation for family members and loved ones of gambling addicts. The book is practical and an easy read. Its been around for many years, and I believe this is the latest edition. As an addiction psychiatrist myself, I have often had family members tell me that the book was useful to them. It can sometimes paint a rather grim picture of the addiction itself, so its important to keep in perspective that this book presents reality in a rather stark way, but in most cases that's exactly what's needed.

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I must say, it was a real eye-opener.

Anyone who is dealing with a CG will find this book helpful in the identification of this hard to see affliction.

A must read for anyone trying to cope with this issue. I used it for research in one of my Bio Behavioral Health classes on addictions, pulled an A!
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Only in my opinion, this book is a hard reader. I had to read some pages over just to grasp what was being said. I couldn't finish it. But from what I read, the author knows what she's talking about
A bit bummed out :(
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