Some Answers to Your Questions About Gambling Addiction

How do I know if I have a gambling addiction?
You will know if you have a gambling addiction if gambling has negatively affected your life socially, emotionally, financially, and spiritually. If you’ve gambled alone and missed work, lost more than you could afford, or lied about gambling, chances are you have a gambling addiction. “Compulsive gambling” is considered an impulse control disorder and is characterized by unstoppable thoughts and uncontrollable urges to gamble. “Problem gambling” is considered less serious than compulsive gambling, but it is still a very serious problem.

Someone in my family is addicted to gambling. That I have to do?
There are many paths you can take when a family member is addicted to gambling. You can go to a Gamanon meeting yourself to get 12-step support from other members of the player family (see links and resources). This could be a good first step in figuring out how to approach your family member, as every situation is different. See the resource page for more information on this topic.

I have a gambling addiction and have lost a lot of money. I am in debt and I don’t know what to do. Can you help?
Getting into debt is one of the biggest consequences of gambling addiction. It can affect the player long after they stop playing 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. Also visit the links and resources page for more information on credit and debt solutions resulting from your addiction to gambling. 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 I win?
Yes. There are 4 phases of gambling addiction. 1. Victory Phase: Usually begins with a great victory and the belief that good luck will continue indefinitely. 2. Losing phase: more concerned with the game. He gambles alone, misses work, lies about his whereabouts, and starts chasing his losses. 3. Despair phase: It is really characterized  UFABET by loss of control, preoccupation with gambling, defaulting on most debts, cheating or theft, loss of job or primary relationship. 4. Desperate phase: you hit rock bottom. You may also start abusing drugs or alcohol. Suicidal thoughts and attempts are common in this phase.

I play when I am lonely and depressed. How?
Most likely, he is known as an “escape player”. Play to escape emotional pain. Most “escape players” can become addicted to slot machines, online gambling, and bingo. An “action player” is someone who enjoys taking risks and plays games of skill such as sports betting, the stock market, and cards. The “action players” have traditionally been male, however the genders are well represented in each group.

I realize I have a problem … what is the first step to get help?
Congratulations on admitting you have a problem. This is the first step you can take to improve. Without this first step, your gambling addiction can continue to progress. You can find gambling help on the resource page of our site. You can also call the gaming hotline at 1-800-GAMBLER. Checking out local players