Gambling can be fun. For some, it can be a way to unwind, have a great time with friends, or just try one’s luck. However, left unchecked, that one-time foray in the casino, at the poker table, or in the tracks can lead to disaster.
Gambling can be fun–until it becomes a problem. It can cause not just financial problems but also strains in your relationships, work, reputation, safety, and even health.
What is gambling addiction?
Gambling addiction is also known as compulsive gambling, pathological gambling, or gambling disorder. This said, gambling addiction is a difficulty in your ability to curb your impulse to gamble. You can’t control gambling, even if it causes negative consequences to you and to the people around you.
In fact, those with gambling addiction can’t even stop even if they know full well that the odds could be against them, or that they have nothing else to use for betting. This causes them to borrow money to the point of incurring large amounts of debts.
What is more troubling about behavioral addictions such as gambling addiction, is that it can also go hand in hand with substance abuse problems as well as behavioral disorders.
Signs of Gambling Addiction
1. You are secretive about your gambling activities.
2. You are secretive about the amount you gamble and your losses.
3. You have trouble controlling your gambling. You spend more or take a longer time on gambling than what you originally intended.
4. You gamble even if you don’t have money.
5. Other people have expressed concerns about how much or how often you gamble.
6. You feel restless, moody or irritable when you try to cut down or stop gambling.
7. You feel guilty, ashamed, or depressed after gambling.
8. You always try to “chase” your losses, so you come back again and again.
8. You have problems arising from gambling but that didin’t stop you from what you’re doing.