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Gambling treatment group offers free weekend workshop

By Candace Nelson

The Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia is hosting a free weekend workshop for problem gamblers and their loved ones. The group, which operates the 1-800-GAMBLER helpline, has hosted this event for eight years. It will take place on Sept. 20, 21 and 22 at the John XXIII Pastoral Center off Corridor G.

This weekend event is for anyone who is currently trying to stop gambling, or who has struggled with gambling addiction in the past.

Participants will have a chance to meet with other people from around the state who have struggled with this addiction. Several gambling addiction counselors will be available for individual consultations.

One of the featured speakers will be Nigel Turner, a slot machine expert who specializes in helping people who are addicted to electronic gaming machines. Arnie Wexler, a recovering compulsive gambler, author and expert on gambling addiction, will offer a session on repairing relationships damaged by gambling. Warren Biller, who recently celebrated 20 years of being gambling-free, will lead self-help groups throughout the weekend.  

Patty Deutsch, program director for The Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia, said the event offers an unusual opportunity for problem gamblers in the state.  

"We bring in some of the most well-known treatment specialists in the country and give participants free access to their expertise," Deutsch said. "There is also tremendous value in just getting to know other people from across the state who are dealing with the same addiction."

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Private rooms will be provided for each person or couple. To learn more, contact Patty Deutsch at 304-344-2213 or email


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