More than 80 million Americans engage in recreational gambling. Yet for an estimated 3 million, gambling is not a diversion but a mercilessly compulsion capable of destroying families and lives. In this groundbreaking book, internationally recognized authority Dr. Robert Custer and writer Harry Milt offer important help for the compulsive gambler and his or her family. With its reassuring tone and informative presentation, the book offers a complete examination of the illness and its treatment. It defines the disorder, describes its causes, gives symptoms indicating a possible problem, traces the stages of the disease, records its effects, explains how to prevent it in those who are susceptible, examines the plight of the female compulsive, points out the road to recovery, relates dozens of case histories, and provides a list of support organizations to which compulsive gamblers and their families can turn for help. 239 pages, hardbound, indexed, 2002.