A player suffers from problem gambling (also referred to as gambling addiction or compulsive gambling) when he or she can not stop gambling despite harmful consequences or a desire to stop. If you can relate to this description, we urge you to seek help and advice from professionals. Below are a number of online resources listed that can serve as a starting point.
- About Problem Gambling on Wikipedia
- Responsible Gambling Council
Gambling Problem Signs
There’s nothing wrong with enjoying the thrill of a good gamble. It’s harmless, exhilarating, and highly enjoyable when done in the right surroundings and in moderation. A gambling addiction, however, can creep up on you without you realising, ultimately leaving a path of destruction in its wake.
The following signs will help warn you of a developing gambling habit before it takes over your life, keep vigilant and there’s no reason you can’t enjoy gambling in healthy moderation.
Gambling To Forget
When you gamble because you’re looking to enjoy a good time with your friends, enjoy a spirited conversation, meet new people, and maybe just win a few bucks along the way, you know your habit is a healthy one.
When you’re gambling to forget your problems, however, or you’re gambling as a way to avoid dealing with the problems you encounter in your life, it’s time to seek help.
Gambling is great as long as you set yourself a firm amount you’re comfortable losing, and you stick to it. When you’re in the position of not being able to remember how long you have been gambling or how much you’ve spent in a given period of time, it’s a cause for concern. When you start gambling to win back the money you’ve lost too, you need to step away.
Begging, Borrowing, Or Stealing
Chronic gamblers will get money any way they can, they’ll spend all of their own money before turning to their friends, family, or even strangers.
If you’re at the point where you’re begging your best friend or your other half for the money you know you’re going to gamble away, or you’re taking out loans to cover your gambling debts, then you have a problem.
Lying About Gambling
If you’re at the point where you’re missing work, family events, or time with friends to gamble, it’s time to seriously re-evaluate your habit.
Another red flag is if you’re prone to lying when challenged about where you’ve been and what you’ve been doing. If it’s something you have to hide from those you love, it’s not healthy behaviour.