If I Go on Gambling Binges Occasionally, Am I Addicted?

If I go on gambling binges occasionally, am I addicted?Determining if your gambling binges are a sign of addiction is difficult. Your own brain works against you to rationalize your actions and deny the existence of a problem.

Signs of Gambling Addiction

Rationalization and denial are two signs of gambling addiction. Other signs of addiction include the following:

  • Can you control the impulse to gamble?
  • Does your gambling hurt yourself or your loved ones?
  • Are you spending money that could be better spent on paying the mortgage, buying groceries, paying the utility bills or buying clothing and supplies for your household?
  • Do you think about gambling on a regular basis? Do you get a feeling of excitement about the next time you plan on gambling? Do you give this same emotional investment to your children, your job or your family?

If gambling, thoughts of gambling or your interest in gambling disrupts your life, you have a gambling problem.

How Do I Treat Gambling Addiction?

Once you acknowledge that your preoccupation with gambling is an addiction, you can begin to take control. Call a recovery helpline to get advice and guidance as to what steps you should take next. Learn about options such as support groups, outpatient therapy and various forms of counseling. You can free yourself from gambling addiction, but you will need professional help.

Get Help for Gambling Addiction

Call our toll-free helpline to learn more about signs and symptoms of gambling addiction. We can help you determine if your gambling problem is an addiction, and we can connect you with the recovery resources that are right for your unique situation. We are here 24 hours a day, so please call now.