Compulsive gambling can happen to anyone from any walk of life. Your gambling goes from a fun, harmless diversion to an unhealthy obsession with serious consequences.
If you are betting on the horses, in casinos, on slot machines, 24/7 access to sporting fixtures, or scratch cards, the consequences of habitual gambling can be enormous. Left unchecked or without professional support and treatment can lead to financial ruin, broken relationships, losing your job, low self-esteem, mental health problems and borrowing or stealing to pay back debts.
If you are concerned that you have a problem with gambling, then ask yourself these questions:
- Do you find yourself constantly bothered by debt collectors?
- Am I secretive about my gambling?
- Do I carry on gambling even when I don’t have the money?
- Do I lie to my friends and family about where I have been?
- Do I consistently lie to cover up or deny my gambling activities?
- Have I ever borrowed or stolen money to gamble or pay gambling debts?
- Do I carry on gambling even when I lose a bet?
- Do I have unrealistic expectations that gambling will bring the family material comfort and wealth?
- I promise I will stop gambling, beg and plead for another chance, yet gamble again and again?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you might have signs and symptoms of gambling addiction.
If you think you may have a problem controlling your compulsive gambling behaviour, you may find it beneficial to seek help and speak to a counsellor. Remember that the first step is always the hardest – if you know that you need to change your gambling habits, you are already heading in the right direction.
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