Problematic Gambling Habits

Playing at the casino can be a fun pastime for many. However, a serious problem that some players can develop is a gambling addiction. A gambling addiction is an impulse control disorder or disease and should not be ignored. Players with such a disease will be unable to control their impulse to play and gamble. Although some people will feel an urge to play, people with a gambling addiction will continue to gamble regardless of whether or not they have the money to do so.

If you are wondering if you or a loved one may have a gambling problem, look for some of the telling signs. One sign can be the desire to be secretive about the gambling problem. Often, players with a problem will lie regarding their whereabouts or their play. They envision others not understanding that their big win is just around the corner. Another sign can be when a player gambles with money they do not have. A player with an addiction has little care for those around them Borrowing money from loved ones and tapping into college or savings funds is not uncommon.

If you think you might be suffering from a gambling addiction, ask yourself if you can walk away from your playing? Or are you compelled to play until there is nothing left? Do you increase your bets in order to win your losses back?

If you have answered yes to these questions, you may want to do more reading on the topic of problem gambling. Support groups for gambling addictions are available in every town, and help groups are often available.

One well known support group is Gamblers Anonymous. Similar to AA, this group offers those with a gambling addiction a 12 step recovery program. This group gives a caring and non judgmental environment from fellow gamblers who understand and share the same problem.