The Signs of a Gambling Addiction

Posted by Prelude on Jan 18, 2016 9:00:00 AM

15_1224_GamblingToday, gambling is more accessible than ever. With online clubs and smart phone or tablet applications, gambling is always only a few swipes on your touchscreen away. Recreational gambling is usually done as a social activity with family, friends or colleagues. But something that is recreational can turn into a problem if you aren’t careful.

There are many kinds of gambling. Any activity in which you have a wager for material goods or money is considered gambling. Gambling moves beyond slot machines and card games at the casino. All of the below activities are considered gambling:

  • Slots

  • Cards

  • Racing

  • Sports betting

  • Fantasy league betting

  • Phone/Tablet Applications

  • Internet

  • Bingo

  • Raffles

  • Office Pools

  • Commodities

  • Stock Market

  • Lottery games (Scratch, Powerball, Hot Lotto)

Problem gambling is different from other addictions because it is much more difficult to detect than alcoholism or drug use. Sometimes referred to as the “hidden illness” gambling can be secretive, and loved ones might not even know it’s going on.  

An individual who is struggling with gambling can live day-to-day life usually unaffected for a while, but eventually, some warning signs will begin to surface. If you think you or someone you know has a gambling problem, there are signs to watch out for that indicate the gambling habits have moved from being fun and entertaining to an addiction.

Maybe you’ve tried to control the gambling before but have failed. Or maybe you feel restless and irritable when you aren’t gambling. Many individuals tend to feel significantly more shame, guilt or depression with this addiction compared to many others. It’s important to know that there is help available. From treatment to financial counseling and self-exclusion, there is help available for you.

Warnings signs may include some of the following:

• Gambling is always on the mind

• Reliance on others to get out debt

• Routinely absent or late to work

• Unexplained money loss or gain

• Unexplained possession loss or gain

• Avoiding others (friends, family, co-workers)

• Delays payment on bills

• Excessive unexplained credit card or debit card expensive

• Excessive cash withdrawals

Getting help for problem gambling is one thing that is always in your favor. You are not alone, and there is help available for you. Prelude services include assessment, individual and various group counseling sessions. You have the power to take control of problem gambling issues, and we’re ready to help.There is hope.  Contact Prelude Iowa so you can begin your road to recovery from addiction.

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