Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward? (Please consider geographic spread, policy reform, and independent replication/adoption of the idea or other mechanisms.)
Because of the secret lives victims must live the need for widespread, countrywide meetings and clinics are mandatory. I spoke to my Congressman about the NIH and their categorization including gambling addiction with drug abuse and alcoholism. It was inappropriate. It is now in a separate category and study. Policy change must continue. Physicians, attorneys, law enforcement, etc. must stop considering abuses by gambling addicts as domestic violence. They must collect information in he said/she said situations if either is a gambler. Data will increase. Victims will be safer.
Barriers: What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?
This project has always been hindered by lack of money. Secondly, many people must beconvinced victimization does exist in high numbers. Those treating gamblers mistakenly believe they can recover. They cannot. Brain chemistry deteriorates. They have not been taught how to recognize a victim of an addicted or pathological (sociopath) gambler. Some people believe addiction is all the same. They are not.