Most people can buy a scratch-off lottery ticket, play a hand of cards or roll the dice without losing control. But for compulsive gamblers, these behaviors can become just as addictive as drugs and alcohol are for others.
Problem gambling is when gambling disrupts or damages your personal, family or work life. If left untreated, it can lead to financial ruin, legal problems, loss of career and family, and, in some cases, even suicide.
Problem gambling is characterized by the following symptoms:
- Preoccupation: An increasing obsession with the idea of gambling
- Tolerance: Needing to bet more and more money to achieve the same rush
- Progression: Your situation gets worse over time
- Withdrawal: Extreme discomfort when unable to gamble for any reason
- Isolation: Hiding objects and physical isolation from friends and family
Problem gambling exhibits two unique symptoms:
- Chasing: Habitually trying to win back money lost gambling
- Bailout: Frequently seeking financial rescue to continue gambling
It’s no wonder problem gamblers have such a hard time escaping the chase. The good news is there is help—and it can work for you.Let’s talk. It’s free and confidential.
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