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Recommended Recovery Books: Addicted to Dimes (Confessions of a Liar and a Cheat)

By: Marilyn L. Davis

from addict 2 advocate marilyn l davis catherine townsend-lyon Addicted to Dimes (Confessions of a Liar and a Cheat) by Catherine Townsend-Lyon is a memoir that some might ignore. They don’t have a gambling addiction; they use ‘name that drug’.

That’s where they’d be wrong.

I’ve often said that I can get to Atlanta in my truck or borrow either of my daughter’s cars – a BMW or a Mercedes. If they’re all working, any of them would get me there.catherine townsend-lyon reviews on amazon from addict 2 advocate marilyn l davis

It’s the same process for our brains, emotions, and coping, whether it’s gambling, alcohol, cocaine, sex, or food.

Addiction is Addiction

If it alters our brains, changes our moods, compels us to do more, and more, and more, at the cost of our health, relationships, and self-worth, we shouldn’t  be as concerned about the substance or process, but about the recovery from them.

When the Addiction is Gambling

Catherine’s story is hers, but in this personal account, there are the similarities with all of us who strive to recover. Without polish or prose, Addicted to Dimes is about gambling addiction, dark family secrets, mental health issues, and living with undiagnosed PTSD. More importantly, it’s about Catherine’s triumph over them by living one day at a time in recovery. 

So, whether it’s gambling, mental health issues, childhood trauma, or substance abuse, Catherine’s book is inspirational for all of us wanting to recover and reclaim ourselves.

What Others are Saying

Danielle Delaney, Crisis Interventionist, Radio Host, and Founder of DDC, Inc. wrote in 2017:  “Addicted to Dimes (Confessions of a Liar and a Cheat)” by Catherine Townsend-Lyon is the most comprehensive and honest look at gambling addiction that I have ever read! This is a topic that is not addressed nearly enough. The honesty is staggering. Catherine really takes us on an in-depth look into the mind of an addict and discloses personal truths with insight and sincerity. She reveals a great deal about herself and the insight that it took to change. I highly recommend this book to anyone dealing with addiction or who loves someone suffering from it. Kudos to Catherine Townsend-Lyon on a job well-done. Highly recommend it!”


Bio: Catherine Townsend-Lyon

catherine townsend-lyonCatherine is a former columnist for In Recovery Magazine’s “The Author’s Cafe,” a recovery and ghostwriter.

She runs “Cat Lyon’s Reading & Writing Den” helping authors market their books throughout social media.

Catherine advocates and has shared her story on, Facing and Heroes in   In addition, she was invited to be in media articles by The University of Columbia,, and

She seeks platforms to raise awareness, inform, and educated others about gambling addiction and recovery. She resides in Arizona and So. Oregon.

Catherine’s Social Media: Facebook – Twitter – LinkedIn


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