"Don" Hulen co-founded the Arizona Council on Compulsive Gambling
(ACCG) in 1993. The Council was established as a non profit agency to
bring education and awareness of compulsive gambling--and its social
and economic impact--to the public and private sectors.
served as our executive director from 1993 until his death on February
15, 2010. For over 17 years, Don worked tirelessly for education, awareness,
treatment and prevention, both in the state of Arizona and at the national
thousands of compulsive gamblers and their families, Don's was the first
voice on the other end of the telephone, offering them hope in the midst
of fear, confusion, despair and devastation. Don became their first
ally--and their best line of defense, support and guidance--in their
battle with this powerful, insidious and deadly addiction.
his dedicated and ceaseless efforts, Don Hulen was honored in 2005 by
the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) as a pioneer in the
field of gambling awareness.
You, Don! You will be greatly missed, and you will never be forgotten.
Rest assured, the Arizona Council is committed to continuing your pioneering
and life-saving work. ______________________________________________________________________________________
The Arizona Council on Compulsive Gambling
Inc. (ACCG) is a nonprofit organization with Federal tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status. We have a serious mission of education, awareness and training
on issues of compulsive gambling. We are neither anti nor pro gambling.
As gambling becomes more widely available, accessible and acceptable, more recreational gamblers are crossing the invisible line
into gambling addiction, creating an increasingly negative economic and social impact. Suicide, embezzlement, theft, family
violence, business failures and bankruptcy are just a few of the gambling-related issues
that strain the resources of our state and local agencies, burden our legal and correctional systems, and challenge the private sector. ACCG seeks to train these entities to refer gamblers (and their families) for
education, awareness and proper treatment programs
before the societal and economic costs escalate further and more lives and families are destroyed.
ACCG strongly recommends the 12-step program of Gamblers Anonymous(GA) as the cornerstone of any successful recovery effort. It
is doubtful that long-term abstinence from gambling is possible without involvement
in GA. In addition, ACCG firmly believes that compulsive gamblers will have a better
opportunity of sustained recovery if they are counseled by a behavioral
health professional who is trained and certified in the treatment of
the disorder. Although the recovery rate for compulsive gamblers who are provided formal treatment
through a certified professional in Arizona
is undetermined at present, what little information that exists is encouraging. We also recommend casino self-exclusion as an important component of any recovery program.
Calls to our helpline from compulsive gamblers
have increased steadily since 1993. Of the thousands of callers, over
50% are placed by or are about women with serious gambling-related problems.
Over 95% of these women meet our criteria as "Escape" gamblers. Of the
male callers, about 40% also meet the "Escape" criteria. We strongly
urge individuals with gambling problems to contact our office for information
and attend a Gamblers Anonymous (GA) meeting. We believe it is important
for women to speak with women about gambling problems whenever possible, and we recommend that women attend a women-preferred meeting for their initial introduction to GA.
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