The addiction to gambling is a behavioral disturbance which is pathological and which manifests itself through some of the following characteristics. First of all, ti is all about the pleasure of taking risks, about looking for action and adrenaline and for avoiding getting bored. This behavior can tear families apart, as well as to one losing their job or to registering significant financial losses. Those who are addicted to gambling can do things they never thought they were capable of, such s stealing money from their parents, from their kids or from their office in order to be able to gamble, lie, deceive and manipulate others.Many of the gambling agencies define gambling as a sort of betting with which the amounts of money which can be won are unknown. Also, this activity depends on the skills and luck the ones who gamble have. There are four types of gamblers. First of all, there are the recreational gamblers or the social ones, who separate gambling from their lives, considering it a way of spending their spare time. Then, there are the professional gamblers, who see gambling as a business they can earn their living from. These are also the ones who take part into international competitions and so on. Then, there are the anti-social players, who end up stealing from others in order to be able to play and who don’t have any moral boundaries to stop them. Last but not least, there are the pathological players, who are obsessed with gambling and who can only be cured by specialists.Here are the symptoms of this addiction. First of all, the players who are addicted to this activity have a progressive inability to control this behavior in order not to register significant financial and relational losses. A player also feels the need to win more and more money and to take higher and higher risks, their lack of wins turning them into very unhappy and depressive persons. There are also some persistent preoccupations when it comes to gambling. These preoccupations have to do with finding money to invest or to planning the wins and the investments. Regarded as a way of solving all kinds of problems and of annulling feelings like guilt, depression, anxiety or discouragement, this game or activity offers a solution not many people have the courage to take up. There are also cases in which the ones who are around the gambler and who live with them realize the consequences of this activity and the lack of control from the gambler’s side. Last but not least, there are also all kinds of illegal behaviors, which are tightly connected to the fact that gamblers try to get money and to cover their losses turning to illegal activities.Gambling can be a dangerous activity and this addiction to gambling is also very important because it can have a lot of unpleasant consequences. A gambler who gets lucky once or twice won’t stop gambling just because other people them them to.
What are some things you can remember before you decide to go back to the gambling casino after months of staying away? Well there are many things that should come to mind before you decide to go back on that self destructive path. These thoughts should create enough bad feelings in you to stop you from getting back in the car and returning to your gambling addiction and the despondency it causes.1. Remember how you felt driving home from the casino. Keep this fresh in your mind and make this the first thing you remember. Do not forget what it feels like when you were broke, despondent, and depressed. Remember how your compulsive gambling resulted in that horrible car ride home.2. Remember all of the unhappy faces of all of those people in the casino also addicted to gambling. The face of gambling addiction is not one of joy. The face of gambling addiction is one of despair, sadness, loneliness, and hopelessness.3. Remember losing all your money during your gambling binge. Then remember what it was like having no money to pay your bills. Think of all of the time you have to work to make up those losses. Remember what it felt like after taking several hundreds of dollars in cash advances from the ATM, looting both your bank account and credit cards.4. Remember how bad you felt the day after a gambling binge. Without eating or sleeping properly, this hangover was not pleasant. The memory of this alone can truly cause you to feel bad. This feeling is bad enough to stop you from returning to gambling.5. Remember what happened to your self-esteem and self-worth after you gambled. You felt guilty, and horrible about your gambling and how you actively participated in your own self-destruction.It is hoped that actively triggering some of these memories when you have an urge to gamble again can be of help to you. Returning to gambling again can only cause you pain and suffering and cannot enhance your life in any way.Gambling addiction will destroy your spirit and your zest for life. It will take everything that you value from you and you will not get it back. Stay away from that casino and take care of yourself now.
How Do I Know If I Have A Gambling Addiction?
You will know if you have a gambling addiction if gambling has affected your life negatively socially, emotionally, financially and spiritually. If you have gambled alone, and have missed work, lost more than you could afford, or lied about gambling, you more than likely have a gambling addiction. “Compulsive Gambling” is considered an impulse control disorder and is characterized by unstoppable thoughts and uncontrollable impulses to gamble. “Problem Gambling” is considered less severe than compulsive gambling, but it is still a very serious problem.Someone in my family is addicted to gambling. What should I do?
There are many paths you could take when a family member is addicted to gambling. You can go to a gamanon meeting yourself to get 12 -Step support from other family members of gamblers.(Check links and resources). This might be a good first step in finding out how to approach your family member, since every situation is different. Please check resources page for more information on this topic.I have a gambling addiction and I have lost a lot of money. I am in debt, and I do not know what to do. Can you help?
Going into debt is one of the biggest after-effects of a gambling addiction. It can effect the gambler long after he or she stops gambling and is one of the long-term consequences of gambling addiction. When you attend a Gamblers Anonymous 12-Step Group you can find support from trusted members on how to deal with your debt problems. Please also visit the links and resources page to find out more about debt and credit solutions as a result of your gambling addiction. Remember, gambling addiction is not a money problem.. it is an emotional and spiritual problem with financial consequences.Can I have a gambling addiction if I go to the casino.. but mostly win?
Yes. There are 4 phases of a gambling addiction. 1. Winning Phase: Usually starts with a big win and a belief that good luck will continue indefinitely. 2. Losing Phase: More pre-occupied with gambling. You are gambling alone, missing work, lying about your whereabouts, and beginning to chase your losses. 3. Desperation Phase: This is truly characterized by a loss of control, preoccupation with gambling, defaulting on most debt, cheating or stealing,loss of job or primary relationship. 4. Hopeless Phase: You hit rock bottom. You may also start abusing drugs or alcohol. Suicide thoughts and attempts are common in this phase.I gamble when I am lonely and depressed. How come?
You are most likely known as an “escape gambler” You gamble to escape emotional pain. Most “escape gamblers” can become addicted to slot machines, online gambling, and bingo. An “action gambler” is someone who enjoys risk taking and gambles on games of skill such as sports betting, the stock market, and cards. “Action-gamblers” have been traditionally male, however, the genders are becoming well represented in each group.I realize that I do have a problem… what is the first step to getting help?
Congratulations for admitting that you have a problem. This is the first step that you can take to getting better. Without this first step, your gambling addiction can continue to progress. Gambling help can be found by going to the resources page within our site. You can also call the gambling hotline at 1-800-GAMBLER. Checking out a local Gamblers Anonymous Meeting at http://www.gamblersanonymous.org is a good first step. Please visit our resources and links page for more information.. and again… congratulations. You are on your way to a better life.