Last updated: 09/18/2018
Author: Addictions.com Medical Review
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Receiving help for gambling addictions is not hard for people to find, the problem lies with people wanting to find it. According to www.ncpgambling.org, it is estimated that 2 million adults meet the criteria for pathological gambling in a given year in America. In addition, another 4-6 million would be considered problem gamblers. This information basically means that between 6 and 8 million people living in America, which is roughly 4 % of the population, suffer from a gambling addiction.
Why Help is needed for a Gambling Addiction
Compulsive gambling can ultimately take over a person’s life. People who form an addiction to gambling typically make gambling the main priority in their life. Gambling is a dangerous addiction because it causes people to lose massive amounts of money quickly that then leads to a person losing important items and people in their life.
Once a person begins to lose their family, friends and assets they tend to have the mentality that more gambling will help them win them back. The problem is that many people do not win their losses back and end up losing more assets which results in massive debt.
When these types of instances occur in a person’s life many people tend to suffer from depression and anxiety due to the intense circumstances that have arisen from their gambling addiction, this can ultimately lead to suicidal tendencies and manic depression.
Signs of Compulsive Gambling
The majority of people have gambled at some point in their life and some point have the ability to gamble once in a while and not form any type of an addiction to it. Other people are not that lucky and will begin to gamble on a more frequent basis. Signs that a person is starting to form a gambling addiction are:
- When a person lies about their gambling habits and feels the need to keep it a secret form others
- When a person gambles even when they do not have the extra money to spend on it
- When a person has trouble stopping gambling once they have started
- When a person’s family and friends are concerned about the person’s gambling habits
Once a person begins to exhibit these signs, they most likely are forming a gambling addiction and should seek help or try to stop gambling before the need for gambling becomes any stronger.
Some people can stop gambling on their own before their addiction takes hold of them, but for others, stopping the urges to gamble are extremely difficult and it takes outside sources to help them overcome their addiction. There are gambling hotlines a person can call for advice on how to stop gambling and there are gambling rehabilitation programs available for people with a gambling addiction. Outside resources, such as gambling rehabs, have proven effective over the years and are a big help for gambling addiction. A person can find rehabs and programs located near them through research on the internet or by contacting a gambling help hotline.