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Kristen Haflett and Ryan Dobson

Host: Dr. James Dobson

August 16, 2021

Ten million Americans are crippled by their gambling addiction. Whether they waste their money in the casinos, on lottery tickets, or with online sports betting, it's a social cancer that is rapidly spreading to the next generation. On today's edition of Family Talk, Dr. James Dobson sits down with Kristen Haflett, a licensed social worker who specializes in gambling addictions. They are joined by Ryan Dobson, Dr. Dobson's son, who adds his insight on addiction and families in peril. Together, they examine how this $255-billion-per-year industry preys upon the least fortunate by exploiting one of man's most common sins, the love of money.

Meet the Guest


Kristen Haflett and Ryan Dobson

Kristen Haflett, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker. She has over 12 years of experience working with patients. She specializes in a variety of treatments, including anxiety, depression, marital and premarital counseling, post-traumatic stress disorder, and gambling addiction, of which she is internationally certified as a gambling counselor. Kristen has a practice based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and received her Master of Social Work from University of Pittsburgh, and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and mathematics from Washington and Jefferson College. She and her husband have one daughter.

Ryan Dobson is a public speaker, author, and podcaster. He has combined his natural abilities for public speaking to engage and challenge parents and families in every stage of their lives. He is the product of successful parenting, having lived a public life as the son of America’s foremost authority on child rearing, author and radio host, Dr. James Dobson. Ryan launched his own radio broadcast as a young adult with the purpose of building passion and identity in people of faith. He then helped his dad found the radio ministry, Family Talk in 2010. In 2016, Ryan left Family Talk to begin Rebel Parenting, a digital ministry which he runs with his wife, Laura. They live in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and have one son and one daughter.

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