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Your First Step to Change (Division on Addiction at Cambridge Health Alliance)
This guide will help you understand your gambling, figure out if you need to change, and decide how to deal with the actual process of change.
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In the Shadow of Chance, Julian L. Taber (2001)
Explores the gambler’s distortions of thought, personal agony and social destruction caused by gambling addiction.

Pathological Gambling: A Critical Review, National Research Council (1999)
In depth review and information on prevalence of pathological and problem gambling as well as its effects on individuals, relationships, and society.

Switching Addictions, Marilyn Lancelot (2011)
This book reveals snapshots of a woman’s and experiences life before she realizes it is possible to switch one addiction for another.

The Chase, Henry R. Lesieur (1984)
A study of the social forces facing the compulsive gambler.

When Luck Runs Out, Robert Custer and Harry Milt (1986)
A complete examination of pathological gambling and its treatment.

Confessions of a Slot Machine Queen, Sandra Adell (2010)
This book offers an intimate look into problem and compulsive casino gambling and the impact the casino industry is having on vulnerable communities, especially poor and working class people, the disabled, communities of color, and women.

When the Chips are Down, Rachel A. Volberg (2001)
Provides readers with an understanding of the challenges posed by problem gamblers to policy makers and the general public.

All Bets Are Off, Arnie and Sheila Wexler (2014)
A cautionary, yet inspiring, look at how the often hidden addiction of compulsive gambling ravages the lives of both the person impacted, as well as those around them.

Gambling Addiction, Kurt Dahl (2020)
A complete guide to survival, treatment, and recovery from gambling addiction and problem gambling.

Fall In: A Veteran with a Gambling Addiction, Dave Yeager (2023)
Fall In has multiple meanings. In the military, it means to assemble in formation or muster to be accounted for. In this case, it also meant falling into the grips of gambling addiction. This title symbolizes the devastation this addiction can cause but also the return to living recovery can bring.

For Friends and Loved Ones

Losing Your Shirt, Mary Heineman (1992)
Reviews approaches for families in dealing with problem gambling.

Don’t Leave it to Chance, Federman, Drebing, and Krebs (2000)
Review of research and general information and practical advise on problem gambling.

Behind the 8-Ball, Linda Berman and Mary-Ellen Siegel (1992)
Written as a supportive guide for spouses and those affected by the behaviors of a compulsive gambler.

Personal Financial Strategies for the Loved Ones of Problem Gamblers