We’re concerned about problem gambling. For most people, gambling is entertainment – a fun activity that can be enjoyed without harmful effect. But for some, it’s not just a game – it’s a serious problem that continues even after the fun has gone.
Compulsive gambling is not easily detected. The person with a gambling problem will often go to great lengths to cover up the problem and will appear to look all right, regardless of the consequences of their gambling.
Warning Signs. Some of the indicators that a person may be suffering from a gambling problem include:
- Losing time from work or family due to gambling.
- Repeated failed attempts to stop or control gambling.
- Borrowing money to gamble or pay gambling debts.
- Gambling to escape worry or trouble.
- Neglecting the care of one’s self or family in order to gamble.
- Lying about the amount of time and money spent on gambling.
- Gambling more money in an attempt to win back losses.
- Selling or pawning personal possessions to get money to gamble.
- Feelings of hopelessness, depression, or suicide as a result of gambling.
Remember that help is available. By reaching out to people who understand, you can find the help you need. You can visit the Gambler’s Anonymous website here:
http://www.gamblersanonymous.org/ or Responsible Gaming Council here:
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