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Problem gambler realizes addiction isn't about money, but numbing feelings

Published 03/17/2012, Forum Communications

Curt’s drug was the slot machine. The local man could spend hours plugging dollars into the slots. In three hours, he could go through $500. At one point, he’d hit the betting button so many times that he developed carpal tunnel syndrome. Curt may have told himself he was looking for a big payout, but today he knows better. When he gambled, any anxiety or pain was replaced by a merciful numbness.

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