Gambling addiction

If you or someone you know is struggling with gambling addiction, you are not alone, and there is help available. Gambling addiction, also known as compulsive gambling or a gambling disorder, can have serious consequences on one’s life, but recovery is possible. This page provides resources and information to support those affected by gambling addiction.

Recognizing the Signs

  • Preoccupation with Gambling: Constantly thinking about gambling, planning the next bet, or reliving past gambling experiences.
  • Loss of Control: Inability to stop gambling or limit betting, even when facing financial, emotional, or personal harm.
  • Chasing Losses: Attempting to recover losses by gambling more or increasing bets.
  • Neglecting Responsibilities: Failing to fulfill work, family, or social obligations due to gambling.
  • Lying and Hiding: Concealing the extent of gambling from loved ones or engaging in secretive behavior.
  • Borrowing Money: Borrowing or stealing money to fund gambling activities.
  • Failed Attempts to Quit: Repeatedly attempting to quit or cut back on gambling without success.

Getting Help

Recognizing the signs of a gambling addiction is the first step towards seeking help. There are various avenues for support and treatment:

  1. National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG): The NCPG provides information, resources, and a helpline for individuals seeking help with gambling addiction.
  2. Gamblers Anonymous (GA): GA is a fellowship of individuals who have struggled with gambling addiction and offer support to each other.
  3. Gambling Therapy: Gambling Therapy is a global online service offering free practical advice and emotional support to anyone affected by gambling addiction.
  4. Professional Counseling: Consider seeking help from a mental health professional, therapist, or counselor experienced in treating gambling addiction.
  5. Self-Exclusion Programs: Many gambling operators offer self-exclusion programs that allow individuals to voluntarily ban themselves from accessing gambling websites or establishments.

Recovery and Support

Recovery from gambling addiction is a journey, and it often involves ongoing support and treatment. Remember that seeking help is a sign of strength, and you can regain control over your life.

If you are concerned about your gambling behavior or that of someone you care about, please take the first step towards recovery by reaching out to one of the resources mentioned above. There is hope, and there are people and organizations ready to support you on your path to a healthier and happier life.