Tiffany, a US-based recovering problem gambler and recovery advocate talks about her addiction, the challenges that she faces in her recovery, her passion for being an active member of the recovery community, and her roles in organizations helping compulsive gamblers. She’s a co-host of Gambling got the Girls podcast, where their goal is to bring awareness to the public about gambling addiction and how to seek help. She’s also a board member of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey for the second year.
She shares moments of her life when she was actively gambling and how she recognized that she has a problem with gambling. She’s open about unexpected challenges in her recovery journey that led her to experience anxiety and how she found Gamblers Anonymous and Higher Power the keys to keeping her on track.
Her stories might resonate with many of us being compulsive gamblers regardless of age, origin, or gender, struggling with mental health issues, and being early or already advanced in recovery. You can follow her on TikTok @tiffany_sherese, on Instagram @tiffany_sherese, and contact her podcast at firstname.lastname@example.org or send your direct email to her at email@example.com.
“I gambled recklessly. Because of the so many changes that happened, I couldn’t deal. I gambled a lot more, but the losses didn’t hurt me. Before and at the beginning of my addiction, I used to be mad and upset losing money, and I’ve been upset longer. It was just oh I bounce back like it’s nothing or just not feeling anything at all. And I think that’s important: the value of money. I had none at this point. I was just chasing that feeling of escape, the dopamine, and the big shot – in real life, I’m pretty conservative and relaxed, but in my addiction: I was all about it, I’m the boss, look at me. I got to the point where I started to lose the money that my parents had left me and started to feel really bad, and thought to myself, it’s the physical representation of them and I’m blowing it. That’s when I had the Higher Power moment in May 2019.”
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