Addictions: Gambling

If you’re preoccupied with gambling, spending more and more time and money on it, pursuing losses, or gambling despite serious consequences, you may have a gambling problem.  A problem gambler may gamble frequently or infrequently, but there is a problem if it causes a problem!

Gambling Addiction

Gambling addiction is a mental-health problem and the types of gambling that people with a problem might engage in are as variable as the games available and include betting on sports, buying lotto tickets, playing poker, slot machines, roulette or online bingo.  The location for individuals with gambling addiction varies as well; some may prefer gambling in a casino and others online in the privacy of their own home. Gambling addiction is also called compulsive gambling or pathological gambling.

Compulsive gamblers can’t seem to be able to control the impulse to gamble, even when they know their gambling is hurting themselves or their loved ones, no matter what the consequences. Compulsive gamblers keep gambling whether they’re up or down, broke or loaded, happy or depressed. Even when they know the odds are against them, even when they can’t afford to lose.

Problem gamblers often are able to justify their behaviour, blaming others is one way they can escape taking responsibility for their actions.  Excessive gambling causes many problems, not just financial, it can also lead to relationship breakdowns and problems and loss of important friendships.

Feeling such as fear, anxiety, depression, stress and loneliness can trigger compulsive gambling – having a quick gamble after a stressful day at work, after an argument with your loved one, to avoid spending time at home alone, or as a fun night out to unwind and socialize.

Harmful effects that a compulsive gambler can have include financial issues such as high debt, bankruptcy or being broke, to legal problems resulting from robbery to prostitution, to even in dire circumstances like wanting to or managing to commit suicide.


Questions you can ask yourself to see if you have a gambling problem or addiction?

  • Do you gamble to escape problems or to relieve depression or anxiety?
  • Do negative emotions like an argument or frustrations create an urge for you to gamble?
  • Do you gamble to be more social or to overcome shyness or isolation?
  • Do you ever have the urge to gamble to celebrate good fortune or feeling good?
  • Do you have irresistible urges to gamble?
  • Did you ever gamble to get money to pay debts or solve financial problems?
  • Has gambling ever affected your reputation?
  • Has gambling ever affected your home life or caused problems with family and friends?
  • Are your family or friends interfering with or concerned about your gambling?
  • Have you ever felt the need to be secretive about your gambling, hiding the fact you are doing it or lying about how much you gamble?
  • Have you ever felt remorseful after gambling?
  • Have you ever had to have time off from work due to your gambling?
  • Did you every gamble for longer than you had planned?
  • After a win have you ever had the urge to gamble again as soon as possible to win again?
  • After a loose have you ever had the urge to gamble again immediately to win back your losses?
  • Do you gamble to get excitement and get a rush of adrenaline?
  • Have you ever gambled even when you don’t have the money?
  • Have you ever borrowed money to finance your gambling?
  • Have you ever sold anything of your own or that belongs to others to finance your gambling?
  • Have you ever or have you ever considered doing anything illegal in order to finance your gambling?
  • Have you ever been reluctant to spend your gambling money on normal expenses or bills?
  • Have you ever considered self-destructive behaviours or suicide because of your gambling?

If you find you answer YES to four or more of these questions, you may have a gambling addiction.

Cortijo Care are here to help.

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Treatment at Cortijo Care is set up to help anyone suffering with a gambling addiction; Our Rehabilitation programme treats the psychological issues surrounding the addiction, enabling clients to learn how to cope with life without the need to gamble, getting to the root of the whys and wherefores of the compulsive gambling and learning how to handle emotions and anxieties in a safe place.  Please call us for a no obligation chat about how we can help you or your family member or friend.

Please  call us on (34) 952 780 181 for a no obligation chat about how we can help you, your family member or a loved one or complete the contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


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