Gambling addiction can lead to financial woes and emotional instability. An addiction to gambling should be avoided at all costs and if you know someone who is a problem gambler, seek help.
Gambling is the biggest form of entertainment these days and people are gambling all across the world. In the USA alone, more than 15 million people are gamblers. Roughly around 3 million gamblers are gambling addicts or pathological gamblers. Wagering on sports, casino gambling, or even betting on events are all forms of gambling addiction.
Severe gambling (also called “problem gambling”) can cause many issues with your personal life, work, home and just life in general. Financial meltdown is the biggest downfall from having a gambling addiction that will cause life changing experiences.
Symptoms of having a gambling addiction come in different forms depending on the individual, but mostly all lead to the same result. Going to extremes to get the next dollar to gamble with stealing and nothing stopping or getting in your way to get the money to make the next wager is one of the first symptoms to look out for.
Gambling addiction is serious, and not always easy to find out about.
Many problem gamblers think or say they can stop gambling any time they want, this is a sign that there is an issue with gambling as they already have admitted to themselves that they can stop if they want. When in all reality there was no plan on doing so. It’s almost like people who try to quit smoking, but can’t. At least now there are e-cigarettes.
The thought process behind a gambling addict is that they wager or stake a bet on a game and when they win their wager back or more, greed sets in. They think they can win more and more with no amount being satisfying to pease their minds.
Many people have lost everything they own due to having a gambling addiction. It is a serious thing that needs to be addressed before it gets to the uncontrollable stage to regain their normality’s of life back.
Each individual gambler is unique in their own way and needs a recovery program to suit or fit their needs as what might work for one may not have any effect on the other. The first step to recovering from a gambling addiction is admitting there is a problem and that gambling has taken over their lives. Overcoming the gambling addiction is always a hard thing to do, but recovery is very possible if the gambler wants to change and overcome the addiction.
Gamblers Anonymous is a very popular and effective program that comes with 12 steps to the recovery process.
Other successful treatments include Cognitive-behavioral therapies, this focus on the unhealthy changing behaviors such as false beliefs and rationalizations. Outpatient clinics are another good source for gambling addicts to seek help whether it is through a psychiatric hospital or an institution that specializes on addictions.
Stopping the vicious circle of always having the urge to gamble or wager on something comes with simplicity and difficulties all at the same time. The hardest thing is staying in recovery for a permanent period. The commitment to stay away from gambling is the biggest challenge as there are many forms of gambling everywhere you turn. The simplicity comes with having the will power to do so and being surrounded with support that are accountable to stop the temptations. Find other excitable and enjoyable pass times to get your mind off of the impulses that comes with gambling is a sure bet that one will lead themselves into the right recovery process.
Gambling addiction is serious. If you or someone you know want live help, call 1-888-Admit-It.