There is Help!
The Hidden Addiction. For most people, gambling is entertainment; a fun activity that can be enjoyed without harmful side effects.
But for some, it's not just a game - it's a serious problem that continues even after the fun is gone. Just as some people can become addicted to alcohol or drugs, it is possible for a person to become obsessed with an uncontrollable urge to gamble.
The problem is called Compulsive Gambling - an emotional illness that often remains hidden until the consequences of repeated gambling begin to affect the financial and emotional security of the gambler and the family.
As the stress of these consequences increases, the Compulsive Gambler finds he/she must seek relief through even more gambling. The result is a progressive financial and emotional deterioration which can destroy both the gambler and his/her family.
Compulsive gambling can affect men and women of any age, race or religion, regardless of financial or social status. It is not possible to predict who will develop a gambling problem, but once identified, the problem can be successfully treated.
The Warning Signs
Compulsive Gambling is not easily detected. The person with a gambling problem often will go to great lengths to cover up the problem and appear to look O.K., regardless of the consequences of their gambling.
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 the 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 (chasing).
- Selling or pawning personal possessions to get money to gamble.
- Feelings of hopelessness, depression, or suicide as a result of gambling.
Help Is Available
If you or someone you know is suffering the fear, frustration and anger of a gambling problem, you are not alone.
By reaching out to people who understand, you can find the help you need - without fear of judgement or further pain.
The PROBLEM GAMBLERS HELPLINE is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer your questions and offer confidential assistance.
Caring and knowledgeable counselors will provide information on available treatment and support groups in your area for both the gambler and those affected by the gambler's problem.
Just pick up the phone and dial:
1-800-522-4700 PROBLEM GAMBLERS HELPLINE
It's just that simple!
Help is just a phone call away.
Based on information from Gamblers Anonymous.