Gambling is loosely defined as playing a game of chance, with an uncertain outcome, for money or some other valuable item. Gambling can occur in many forms, both legal and illegal, and can run the gamut from financial market transactions, like trading on the stock market, to prohibited activities, like dog and cock fighting. However, the type of gambling that is generally more common consists of casino, track, and sports betting (school, professional, or fantasy), church bingo, card games, state lotteries, and Internet gaming.
Warning Signs that there may be a problem with gambling:
- Preoccupied with gambling and unable to stop
- Bragging about gambling, exaggerating wins and minimizing losses
- Restless and irritable when not gambling
- Gambling to win back what was lost
- Borrowing money for gambling
- Lying to hide time spent gambling or unpaid debts
- Frequent unexplained absences
- Doing something illegal to get money for gambling
- Jeopardizing a significant relationship or job by gambling
*taken from Recovery Resources
Know the Risks and Facts:
Research has shown that the risk of problem gambling is highly associated with abuse of alcohol, illicit substances, and tobacco. Heavy alcohol use is associated with loss of money beyond what a student can afford. The risk of developing a gambling problem is 3-5 times greater for a student whose parent is a problem gambler.
Fact: Problem gamblers are more than 20 times more likely to attempt suicide and twice as likely to face bankruptcy as a non-problem gambler.
The first, and perhaps most important, step in getting help is to admit that you have a problem that is negatively impacting your quality of life and that your attempts to manage it have been unsuccessful.
Please call CCS at tel:614-292-5766 today to start the process of speaking with a therapist today.
Helpful Links Related to Gambling
- National Council for Responsible Gambling
- Recovery Resources: Cleveland
- Your First Step To Change
- Problems & Compulsive Gambling
- Gamblers Anonymous