Signs of Problem Gambling

Signs of Problem GamblingGambling can be addictive: the potential and consequences of developing a gambling addiction are just as serious as developing a drug addiction. While you may believe it is difficult to spot a behavioral addiction to gambling, several warning signs indicate this problem. If you get help to recognize gambling addiction and then to treat it, you can recover and protect your family’s security before it is jeopardized by overwhelming debt.

How Gambling Addiction Works

Gambling is divided into four types: social, professional, problem and compulsive. Problem gambling occurs right before compulsive gambling, otherwise known as a gambling addiction. Recognizing the following signs of problem gambling can help prevent full-blown addiction:

  • Preoccupation with gambling—People whose thoughts are consumed by gambling will think about their next gambling activity and how much they will spend. They will also obsess over their bets, what they will do with their earnings and etc.
  • Losing interest in other things, from family and friends to activities, work and etc.
  • Continuing to gamble, despite the adverse consequences it has on financial security and family problems
  • Being unable to quit—When people want to stop gambling but cannot, they may quickly fall into compulsive gambling, or a gambling addiction

If you recognize any of these signs, then you need professional help as soon as possible.

Signs of Compulsive Gambling

The following issues indicate compulsive gambling:

  • Increasing the frequency and amount of money used to gamble
  • Time spent gambling cuts into personal time or work time
  • Experiencing euphoria when gambling or thinking about gambling
  • Gambling to cope with problems, like stress, arguments, depression and etc.
  • Exhibiting secretive or deceptive behavior to hide gambling from others
  • Stealing, borrowing or owing people money for gambling
  • Taking out loans or maxing out credit cards for more gambling
  • Having to place larger bets and increase the risk involved to feel a rush
  • Having mood swings that depend on winning and losing
  • Gambling for longer or with more money than planned

Get help as soon as possible if these problems affect you or a loved one.

Help for Gambling Addiction

If you are even slightly concerned that you or a loved one needs help for problem gambling, then call our toll-free helpline to speak with an addiction counselor. Whether you have questions or concerns about this kind of addiction, we can help. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day to assist you with all your needs. Your call is confidential and you will receive credible information from a professional. To learn more about how we can help you or a loved one overcome problem gambling, call us now, because we will help however we can.