Can you be addicted to slot machines?

Slot machine addiction is a real gambling addiction characterized by a pathological impulse control disorder. But it might be difficult to explain slot machine addiction to others, especially if you are a woman. Author Marilyn Lancelot describes being addicted to slot machines at a GA meeting in early recovery in her book, Gripped by Gambling, here.

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Can men at a GA meeting welcome a slot machine addict?

A group of men were standing by a side door behind the church.  They didn’t look like gamblers, but then I didn’t know what gamblers should look like.  I wondered if any of them had committed the crimes I had committed.  I opened the side door and peeked into the room.  Several men sat in folding chairs around the table. I didn’t see any women.

A tall man with lots of black hair came over to me, blocking the doorway with his huge frame and said, “Hi, my name is Pete S. . .  are you looking for Gam Anon?”

“I don’t know what that is,” I answered.

“Its for women who are married to compulsive gamblers.  You’ll learn how to live with the gambler and how you can change your life. They meet in the room across the hall. Is your husband a gambler?”

“No, I am.”

He looked me up and down and asked, “YOU are?”

“Yes . . .  the man on the phone said there was a GA meeting here tonight.  I carefully stepped around Pete and slid into an empty chair.  Maybe this was a Men Only meeting and I wondered if they’d let me stay.”

The man sitting next to me reached out his hand and said, “Hi, my name is Don W.  Would you like a cup of coffee?  Are you a compulsive gambler?”

“Yes, I am.”

“What kind of gambling?”

“Slot machines.”

He chuckled, “How could you get into trouble playing slot machines?”

“I got in a lot of trouble.  I lost a lot of money . . .  and I’ve committed a crime.  I didn’t tell him everything because they might not let me stay.”…(to be continued)

Help for slot machine addiction

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About the author
Marilyn Lancelot is a recovering alcoholic and compulsive gambler with twenty years of recovery. She has authored three books, Gripped by Gambling , Detour, and Switching Addictions. She also publishes a newsletter on-line, Women Helping Women for recovery from gambling. This newsletter has been published for more than 10 years and is read by women and men around the world.
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