Gambling is fun, indeed. There is nothing quite like that excitement and anticipation. Gambling addiction is however also a great threat to those of us who enjoy spending time at the casino or hours at an online casino. It is not only a threat to you, but also to those close to you. As passionate gamblers, we are dedicated to sharing important information with all our readers and gamblers out there.
In this post, we take a look at some of the signs a person who suffers from problem gambling may display.
If you find yourself in debt, and looking at any possible way to be able to gamble, you may have a gambling problem. This includes having multiple loans just to finance your gambling habit, borrowing money from your loved ones, and even stealing or the urge to steal to enable you to gamble. If you can identify with any of these, you should consider getting help.
Being Untruthful About Your Habit
If you are not able to openly talk about your gambling habit and find yourself lying to your loved ones, employer or any significant people in your life, you may suffer from gambling addiction. If you find yourself lying about why it took you so long to buy a loaf of bread or finding excuses for whatever reason to divulge the fact that you are gambling too much, you should take a good hard look at your habits and try to establish whether you have a gambling problem.
Gambling When You Lose Continuously
Also referred to as ‘chasing losses’ and implies that the gambler continues to play and bet even though they keep losing. An important part of gambling is knowing when to quit. If you are not able to distinguish between a good game and a very bad game and know when you should get out of the game, you probably have some form of gambling addiction and need professional help.
You Are Moody And Agitated
You might find yourself feeling irritated and agitated, losing sleep and remove yourself from your circle of friends and family. If you are experiencing intense mood swings that cannot be attributed to anything you could be suffering from a gambling problem and need some professional help.
If you or someone you know may suffer from a gambling problem, you should do the right thing and get some help. A good starting point is admitting and acknowledging that the problem is present. There are loads of support groups for problem gamblers. Get the support of your friends and family to hold you accountable for your recovery. If you think that you are suffering from a gambling problem, give the National Council on Problem Gambling a call.