When it comes to compulsive gambling, the odds are against you. No one ever wins–except for the house–while you could easily bet your home.
Gambling is one of the most deceptive vices. At first, it attracts you with the idea of getting quick and easy money. Eventually, you sink deeper until you wake up in financial ruin.
Find out if you or someone you know has compulsive gambling problems.
What is Compulsive Gambling?
Gambling doesn’t just mean spending too much time in the casino or betting on cards and slot machines. Gambling encompasses many activities, and some may not even realize that they are also gambling.
Entering a raffle, buying a lottery ticket, or even making a bet with a friend can also be a form of gambling.
There are people who feel like they’re in poor, bankrupt or in financial ruin. They feel like they have no choice but to risk what little they have. And so they gamble, hoping that a win can solve all their problems. However, this is how the lure works. Soon, a destructive cycle develops wherein the gambler feels like they should win back what they’ve lost, until the vice becomes extremely difficult to break.
There are also those who turn to gambling for the emotional high it brings them. Still, this can also lead to addiction, wherein the behavior is difficult to stop, despite the negative consequences it brings.
Signs of Compulsive Gambling
The signs of compulsive gambling is the same as other addictions. This is why it’s also a clinical problem that needs professional intervention and treatment.
The major signs of compulsive gambling includes:
- The need to be secretive about gambling activities
- Having trouble cutting down, controlling, or even stopping gambling activities
- Gambling even when one can’t afford to or even when it leads to financial destruction (debts, loans, bankruptcy)
- Families, friends, or other people have already expressed concerns about the gambling activities