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Gambling is a life long addiction

YAKIMA, Wash -- He was 15 years old when he began gambling in his friend's garage. Thirty years later, Andrew, who asked that his real name not be used, is still coming to grips with his addiction.

Poker was his game of choice. He frequented local card halls. By 21, he had lost the rent money multiple time, relying on family members to bail him out.

His struggle with gambling led to three bankruptcy. Finally, with support from his wife and family he realized that he couldn't control is addiction.

Andrew went to every casino in a 50 mile drive of his home and self banned himself. The casino's took his personal information and photo so that in the future they could identify him, and prevent him from gambling.

Today he is in treatment but still struggles.

"The temptation is still there," he says. "Its not as big as it once was, but its still there. It will always be there."