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 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?
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.
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.
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