Do you think you have a problem
An invisible line separates the majority of individuals who gamble recreationally from
the small minority who cannot.
Compulsive gambling addiction, like drug addiction and alcoholism, creates increasingly unmanageable life issues for the gambler and his/her family.
Ask yourself the following 8 questions:
ARE YOU PREOCCUPIED WITH THOUGHTS OF GAMBLING, OR URGES TO GAMBLE, ESPECIALLY AFTER EMOTIONAL UPSETS?
DO YOU USE GAMBLING TO SOLVE FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES OR TO ESCAPE FROM WORRIES OR FEARS?
DO YOU PLAN LEISURE ACTIVITIES (LIKE FAMILY VACATIONS) AROUND GAMBLING OPPORTUNITIES?
WHEN YOU'RE NOT ABLE TO GAMBLE, IS YOUR MOOD OR BEHAVIOR NEGATIVELY AFFECTED?
ARE YOU DEFENSIVE ABOUT YOUR GAMBLING BEHAVIOR WHEN OTHERS ASK YOU "WHY?" OR "HOW OFTEN?" OR "HOW MUCH?"
DO YOU MINIMIZE OR JUSTIFY YOUR GAMBLING TO YOURSELF, AND THEN HIDE IT OR
LIE ABOUT IT TO OTHERS?
ARE YOU NEGLECTING YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES, ISOLATING FROM FAMILY AND/OR
AVOIDING YOUR FRIENDS?
HAVE YOU TRIED REPEATEDLY AND UNSUCCESSFULLY TO CONTROL OR STOP YOUR GAMBLING?
Who Are Problem Gamblers?
Problem gamblers come from many backgrounds. They can be rich or poor, young or old. Problem gambling can affect people of every race, every religion and every education and income level. It happens in small towns or big cities.
To them, gambling has become an addiction - like an addiction to alcohol or drugs. Problem gamblers find it extremely difficult to stop gambling. They believe they can "beat the odds" - even when their entire world begins to fall apart.
When they can't stop, they:
• lose their money - all of it:
• lose their jobs - more than once;
• lose their families - it happens;
• lose their lives - it's true.
The effects of gambling addiction are as devastating as alcohol or drug addictions. Unless treated, the compulsive gambler's betting activity will reach the point where it compromises, disrupts, and destroys his or her personal life, family relationships, professional, or vocational pursuits and financial security. Neglect or abuse of children, spouse or partner, divorce, bankruptcy, poverty, arrest and/or imprisonment, mental breakdown of suicide are all likely outcomes of gambling addiction.
Fortunately, problem gambling is a treatable disorder. Intervention can prevent the inevitable downward spiral and return the individual and their families to healthy, happy, and productive lives.
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