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Compulsive gambling to be focus of TV show

23 February 2009

HANOVER, Virginia -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- The first intervention about women compulsive gamblers airs on A&E February 23, 2009 at 9 PM. Williamsville Wellness will be featured.

Williamsville Wellness (located in Hanover, VA) specializes in treating compulsive gambling, is licensed to treat compulsive gambling (one of the only such licensed treatment centers in the US), encourages women gamblers with scholarships and a safe serene setting, and offers an individual approach to treating gambling addiction.

The Williamsville Plantation House, built more than 200 years ago, has been restored and has all modern conveniences and comforts, but retains the charm and serenity of a 19th Century manor. Neighbors like Patrick Henry visited the plantation and enjoyed its hospitality years and years ago, and patients will enjoy the same charm and hospitality now.

Williams Wellness offer a unique approach of mental, holistic, and physical therapy, offers patients the promise of freedom from gambling and a positive outlook and approach to life. The setting promotes wellness, introspection, safety and security, and aim to make the stay both pleasant and rewarding.

Williamsville Wellness provides an integrated approach to the process of recovery. The clinical director is Sherman Master, MD who manages a staff of psychologists, peer counselors, massage therapists, art therapists, personal trainers, hypnotists and specialized counselors, who all work together to create a synergy that accelerates the process of healing and change and promotes recovery in the shortest possible time.

The facility offers unique treatment plan developed with individual therapy and counseling, that leads to an understanding of the underlying problem, to abstinence, and to an improved life for the long term. Combined with group sessions and GA meetings, the approach creates a treatment program that offers the best chance of long term success.

Compulsive gambling is a progressive illness which is diagnosable and treatable. It affects the gambler, the family, the employer, and the community. It is called the "hidden illness" since there is no smell on the breath nor stumbling of steps or speech. Nonetheless, a gambling addiction is as debilitating as alcohol or drug addiction.

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