Judge orders robbery suspect to gambl...

Judge orders robbery suspect to gambling rehab

There are 10 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Jan 5, 2010, titled Judge orders robbery suspect to gambling rehab. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

A New Hampshire teacher who is charged with robbing three banks, including Washington Savings Bank in Tyngsboro, was ordered by a judge to report directly to a residential treatment center for gambling addicts.

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ANONY

Billerica, MA

#1 Jan 5, 2010
I think if a person addicted to drugs still have to pay for their crime, a person addicted to gambling should to. It's all the same an addiction problem.
pebbles

Milton, MA

#2 Jan 5, 2010
i totally agree.
Mike J

Lake Panasoffkee, FL

#3 Jan 5, 2010
Let's look at the difference between MA and NH. In NH she has to post a $500.00 bail and is ordered to a 12 program. Cost: one court case. In MA she is ordered to a rehab program funded by the taxpayers and a member of the MA Council on Cumpulsive Gambling is happy. I wonder why? Cost: Thousands and if you look at the budget for ALL these compulsive addiction Councils I sure it's in the millions.
I myself am a member of a 12 step program for 15 yrs. and they work just fine and cost you nothing unless you decide to contribute.
a friend

Nashua, NH

#4 Jan 5, 2010
i'm appalled by gail's behavior and excuse her in no way. i feel for her as she suffers with her addiction and am glad to see she is going to receive help. i hope others take this story as a call to help, themselves, and others
woman from Pepperell

Boston, MA

#5 Jan 5, 2010
As a teacher, she is a role model for students. She should absolutely not be allowed in a classroom again. She made a bad choice, and should face the consequences. She certainly can grasp the importance of a teacher in the eyes and developing minds of students. She needs to stop putting herself first.
Teachers Aide

United States

#6 Jan 5, 2010
woman from Pepperell wrote:
As a teacher, she is a role model for students. She should absolutely not be allowed in a classroom again. She made a bad choice, and should face the consequences. She certainly can grasp the importance of a teacher in the eyes and developing minds of students. She needs to stop putting herself first.
Being a teacher she will be back free loading off the system like so many teachers these days.
Rad Grandad

New Baltimore, MI

#7 Jan 5, 2010
what is sad is it's a 12 step program, when will the public get informed on this. 12 step programs do not work, there are so many studies to support this the recidivism rate is astronomical above 95%, some even say as high as 98%. That means 2-5 out of every 100 addicts relapse. It's antiquated thinking that really doesn't do anything but give addicts excuses, allows them to not take responsibility for their addictions and sets them up for a pattern of failure for the rest of their lives.

It's judgmental, it's full of lame cliches and needs to be put in it's proper place, the trash can. The only way to help addicts is to empower them, 12 step programs make you recite that you are powerless over your addiction and that is not true. IMO 12 step programs are more of a cult than a solution.(that last part is strictly my opinion)

The judges in this country need to be educated on this, the tools to recovery lie in CBT and REBT (cognitive behavior therapy and rational emotive behavior therapy). These teach the addict how to recognize the symptoms before a relapse and the tools to stop a relapse.(though generally they would never use the word relapse as it is a negative term)

12 step programs ostracize the addict for a relapse making him/her go back to step one, where cognitive behavior therapy uses a relapse as a learning tool though it's less likely to happen.

I know I just angered a lot of people and I'm sorry but sometimes the truth hurts. As usual I will link to google results and not to pages that support my position. You will find that many, many professionals feel as I do and also the numbers show a better success rate for those quitting on their own.

about 12 step

http://www.google.com/search...

recidivism for 12 step

http://www.google.com/search...

CBT for addicts

http://www.google.com/search...

recidivism for CBT

http://www.google.com/search...

wake up judges 12 steps are not a stairway to heaven
OJ Simpson

Fitchburg, MA

#8 Jan 5, 2010
All I can say is..."What happens in Vegas - Stays in Vegas!" I guess that's why I'm still here!
A Friend

Windham, NH

#9 Jan 6, 2010
I have known Gail a long time , this is so out of character for her. I do not condone what she has done but do appreciate the severity of her sickness. I have watched this sickness take over her and destroy everything in her life. She has always been a devoted mom , teacher , and friend. Lets charge the gambling association with enabling this behavoir by advancing people money they have not even earned yet. Thats right , they will advance you money at the casino and withdraw from your checking account. COME ON PEOPLE lets do something about this
wondering

Gloucester, MA

#10 Jan 6, 2010
A Friend wrote:
I have known Gail a long time , this is so out of character for her. I do not condone what she has done but do appreciate the severity of her sickness. I have watched this sickness take over her and destroy everything in her life. She has always been a devoted mom , teacher , and friend. Lets charge the gambling association with enabling this behavoir by advancing people money they have not even earned yet. Thats right , they will advance you money at the casino and withdraw from your checking account. COME ON PEOPLE lets do something about this
If she was such a nice friend ,why didn't you try to help her??

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