High-stakes gambler describes addiction, recovery

THIRTY YEARS AGO, ROBERT WENT TO HIS FIRST GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS MEETING, BUT HE WASN’T READY TO COMMIT TO RECOVERY UNTIL 12 YEARS LATER WHEN HE MADE A RETURN TO THE MEETINGS WITH A NEW PURPOSE.

DENVER - Addiction can take a person to some dark places. One man went to those places figuratively and literally as he was in the throes of his gambling addiction.

“I was involved in very serious situations when I did gamble. It was life-threatening at times. I dealt with a lot of shady people,” said a man who we’ll identify as Robert. 

He’s concealing his identity to protect the people around him, including other gambling addicts who attend support group meetings with him.

“When I was out gambling, I dealt with people who gave me the shivers. And I wish I wouldn’t have. I regret that,” said Robert, who placed most of his bets in blackjack and horse races.

Thirty years ago, Robert went to his first Gamblers Anonymous meeting, but he wasn’t ready to commit to recovery until 12 years later when he made a return to the meetings with a new purpose.

“I had to let those people love me back to health, take care of me until I could get stronger,” said Robert “And that’s what they did.”

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