Guest: Nelson Simon
"Soul of the Hurricane: The Perfect Storm and an Accidental Sailor" is a true story that begins with an unexpected invitation to transport a Norwegian schooner from Brooklyn to Bermuda but ends with a Coast Guard helicopter rescue in the dead of night. It was October 1991 and the ship was Anne Kristine, the oldest continuously sailing vessel in the world. What awaited them was Hurricane Grace, the southern end of what came to be known as the "Perfect Storm."
This Episode features Nelson Simon, survivor and author of the book, "Soul of the Hurricane: The Perfect Storm and an Accidental Sailor."
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This Episode features three experts uniquely qualified to speak about the gambling industry, addiction, and recovery: Dr. Timothy Fong, Jack O'Donnell, and Arnie Wexler.
In 2018 the Supreme Court overturned a federal law that had blocked sports gambling, putting legalization in the hands of each state. Currently, 30 states and Washington, D.C. have made it legal. About 100 million people can now make wagers from their homes and on their phones. The landscape is changing quickly. For many, gambling offers a harmless and entertaining diversion from everyday life. For others, the simple act of placing a bet is a very different experience. When does gambling become problematic for a person? Who is at risk?
Dr. Timothy Fong, Jack O'Donnell, and Arnie Wexler share their insights as we talk about the changing terrain of sports betting; the proliferation of advertising; gambling addiction; suicide; integrity in sports; and finding resources for help.
Dr. Timothy Fong is a Professor of Psychiatry, board-certified in Addiction Psychiatry, at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. He is the director of the UCLA Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship, a one-year program that provides clinical training in the management of addictive disorders, and the co-director of the UCLA Gambling Studies Program.
Jack O’Donnell is the CEO of C4 Recovery Foundation. C4 is a non-profit that advocates and develops policy, treatment systems, and educates on addiction and behavioral health issues throughout the world. Prior to joining C4 he was CEO of two private treatment facilities. For 26 years prior to entering the addiction field, Jack was a successful executive in the casino gaming industry. He was President and COO for Merv Griffin and Donald Trump in Atlantic City. He also developed 5 casino projects for his own company in four states and Greece.
Arnie Wexler is a Certified Compulsive Gambling Counselor and was the Executive Director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey for eight years. His book, "All Bets Are Off. Losers, Liars and Recovery," provides a revealing picture of how compulsive gambling ravages the lives of both the addict and those around him or her. It is also an inspiring story of hope and healing for anyone affected by problem gambling. Arnie placed his last bet on April 10, 1968.
Resources for anyone concerned about their gambling or for a loved one:
National Council on Problem Gambling: Website: https://www.ncpgambling.org/National
Council on Problem Gambling: 24 Hour Confidential National Helpline: Call 1800-522-4700 Chat ncpgambling.org/chat Text 1-800-522-4700
Council on Compulsive Gambling of NJ confidential helpline: 1-800-GAMBLER
Gam-Anon for Family & Friends: https://gamblersanonymous.org/ga/content/gam-anon-help-family-friends
Book: “All Bets Are Off: Losers, Liars, and Recovery from Gambling Addiction”: https://www.amazon.com/All-Bets-Are-Off-Addiction/dp/1937612759/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
Arnie Wexler's hotline: 1-888-LAST-BET
For more information about C4 Recovery Foundation visit: https://c4recoveryfoundation.org/
Politico Article "The Ugly Truth Behind All Those Fun Gambling Ads:" https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2022/02/13/ugly-truth-behind-fun-gambling-ads-00008380
Follow Jack O’Donnell on Twitter: @jackODspeaks
Follow Dr. Fong on Twitter: @fongster98
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number: 1800-273-TALK (8255)
Recent article in The Guardian about a young athlete with CTE, gambling addiction and suicide: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/mar/17/he-was-just-a-baby-cte-robbed-footy-player-of-his-brain-and-then-his-life
Lynch syndrome is a common and often under-diagnosed inherited condition that increases one's risk for a variety of cancers, including colon, rectal, uterine, ovarian, urinary tract, and others. Many individuals with a Lynch mutation develop related cancers at a much younger age than the general population. According to the National Cancer Institute, “It is estimated that 1 in every 280 Americans are living with Lynch Syndrome." Most people living. with this inherited condition are unaware of it, or are diagnosed only after they have developed cancer. Dave Dubin, Founder of “Alive and Kickn”and three-time Lynch Syndrome cancer survivor shares his personal story and talks about the inspiring work his organization is doing through research, advocacy, education and screening.
To learn more about Lynch Syndrome, Dave Dubin & AliveAndKickn visit https://www.aliveandkickn.org
For more information about the Lynch Syndrome Center - Dana-Farber Cancer Institute | Boston, MA check out this website: https://www.dana-farber.org/cancer-genetics-and-prevention/syndromes-genes-and-programs/lynch-syndrome-center/
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