Born to Lose

Born to Lose

Memoirs of A Compulsive Gambler

Book - 2005
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"My history of gambling really began before I was born." So opens Bill Lee's self-told story of gambling addiction, which is set in San Francisco's Chinatown and steeped in a culture where it is not unheard of for gamblers to lose their children to a bet. From wagering away his beloved baseball card collection in third grade to forfeiting everything he owned at blackjack tables in Las Vegas, every new and terrifying loss validated Lee's feelings of worthlessness. With gritty honesty and true humility, Lee describes what gambling addiction feels like and looks like from the inside. "Everything was a blur to me," Lee writes about a gambling jag that brought him to financial ruin. "I was in such a reckless and self-destructive frame of mind that I would have bet my life if required. In a way, thats what I was doing. I was that far gone from reality." In the end, however, Born to Lose is a memoir of hope as Lee reveals how recovery from his gambling addiction has been possible through the Twelve Step program.

Hazelden
A gripping, true story of one man's forty-year struggle with compulsive gambling and his hard-won recovery.

Perseus Publishing
"My history of gambling really began before I was born." So opens Born to Lose, Bill Lee's self-told story of gambling addiction, set in San Francisco's Chinatown and steeped in a culture where it is not unheard of for gamblers (Lee's grandfather included) to lose their children to a bet. From wagering away his beloved baseball card collection as a youngster to forfeiting everything he owned at black jack tables in Las Vegas, Lee describes what gambling addiction feels like from the inside and how recovery is possible through the Twelve Step program.


Publisher: Center City, Minn. : Hazelden, 2005
ISBN: 1592851533
Branch Call Number: B LEE
Characteristics: xiii, 285 p. ; 20 cm

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May 03, 2016

As a compulsive Gambler I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Lee's story is similar to many compulsive gamblers and he describes the journey of recovery through GA and therapy which is reminiscent of my own recovery. I would recommend that anyone who thinks they have a gambling problem or has someone they love who has a gambling problem to read this book.

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