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Compulsive Gambling: Growing Problem For Women

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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 in the United States are becoming compulsive gamblers, too.

According to the National Council on Problem Gambling, twenty years ago only a handful of those seeking help for a gambling addiction were women. Fast forward to 2006 and almost 50-percent of those seeking help are women.

Psychologist Paul Good says it used to be that most women gambled to escape their everyday lives. But now, more women are simply lured by the action. Women who are recovering compulsive gamblers say that like drugs, gambling is an addiction that's hard to control.

Paul Good said, "A sense of excitement, of being on the edge, that you are literally holding your fate in your own hands at a poker table."

Recovering gambler Melanie Morgan said, "The reality is the longer that you gamble compulsively, which is what I was doing, the more you become a compulsive liar."

Experts predict that soon gambling will take its place alongside alcoholism and drug abuse as being one of the most significant addictions of our time.

If you think you have a gambling problem, you can find help by dialing 1-800-GAMBLER.

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