The one thing is he plays fpdw, which earns money played right theoretically, but then his earnings go to the craps table. So his take is like a second job he never keeps the money. Maybe he should just stick to that and drop craps.
But don't accept rationalizing the habit or try to convince you that money management and advantage play works. It doesn't. If you feel like you are an addict, you probably are.
So, addiction is emotional . Going for that high. I was an ATC addict. No question. Wanted the radar high, working in the zone, absolute mastery of my corner of the sky. Made me a very, very good controller, because I was always working to be better, learn more, work more time on position, become the best every day. That it was beneficial in almost every respect just made it easier for me to get my fix.
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Abstinence Seems to Be Appropriate in the Following Circumstances
*when the gambling has reached the extreme end of the continuum, i.e., when the client has received the diagnosis of “pathological” gambler, using the DSM-IV criteria
*when the client has already made attempts to moderate without success
*when the client names his or her goal as abstinence
*when a client wants to enter an abstinence-based treatment program
*when a client is mandated by an employer or the criminal justice system
*when relationships are at risk, especially for the peace of mind of the partner, or to match the non-gambling partner’s belief system about what needs to happen in order for the relationship to be saved.
Disadvantages of the Abstinence-Only Approach
*Abstinence doesn’t recognize improvements or successful attempts to cut down.
*Abstinence criteria may be excessively stringent and therefore a barrier for some potential clients entering a treatment program where abstinence is a requirement — they might not be ready, it does not match their belief system, or it is too difficult to achieve now.
*An abstinence-only approach contradicts some current research that suggests moderation is appropriate for some clients.
I passed the ATC exam back in the 80s, and was seriously considering it as a career, when the controllers went on strike and Reagan fired them all. Suddenly, I would have been competing with a whole bunch of chastened, out-of-work, experienced controllers--most got rehired, but they were forced to work insanely long hours, as the government took advantage of the opportunity to downsize. I read that they lost a LOT of people to burnout as a consequence.
The most prevalent addiction in America, IMO, is the fitness addiction. Millions of them, and they're encouraged by everyone. It's annoying. It's expensive. It takes time and focus every day away from work, family, chores, other pleasures.