Harkirt Kaur. English 130- Levine . Essay 3. April 4, 2017.
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English 130- Levine
April 4, 2017 Angie Bachmann’s Addiction
Charles Duhigg in his book The Power of Habit talks about a woman named Angie Bachmann who is addicted to gambling. Bachmann of Iowa was a stay-at-home mom who found herself bored every day. She had nothing to satisfy her boredom because her husband was busy at work and the kids were at school. To treat herself one afternoon she decided to dress up and drive to a local casino. She gave herself strict rules. Duhigg states, “No more than one hour at the blackjack table per trip, and [Bachmann]only gambled what was in her wallet’’ (247). Bachmann did not want to spend that much money in the beginning of the…show more content…
She knew that gambling was a problem, and she could have changed it. However, she kept going to the casino. She also understood that her trigger for gambling was her unhappiness after disagreements. Whenever she and her husband got into fight, she would to the casino to gamble until her sadness and anxieties went away. However, she was becoming irresponsible as a mom and wife. She dedicated her time to gambling rather than working to make her family relationships better. If she tried harder to fix her gambling addiction, she would have been living a heathier life.
Some people might say that Harrah’s Casino was at fault, but Bachman never made an effort to refuse the offers they gave her; she accepted them as rewards. When the casino started offering her luxurious things, she chose to accept them. She should have realized what the casino was doing to her. Duhigg explains that the casino started persuading her with free coupons for buffets. They gave her a line of credit, so she did not have to carry much cash. The casino provided her and her family limo rides, plane tickets to Lake Tahoe, tickets to an Eagles concert and a hotel suite. Meanwhile, one of her friends was planning to get married in Las Vegas, so she called the casino to make the arrangements and she used the offers as a reward. Whenever she gambled less, the casino started getting