Gambling addiction

Gambling is a form of recreation and entertainment, and a favourite past-time for many. Yet it can have a major impact on one’s life by becoming an addiction. It fast becomes an obsession, you win… and you want that feeling back to win again and again and sometimes again!

Like most addictions compulsive gambling is a symptom of an emotional disorder and gamblers find that they feel most comfortable when gambling, easily compared to that of for instance a drug addict. And like most disorders and addictions it causes deterioration in almost all areas of the person’s life. The addictive person tries to create an all round good image. Experts in gambling addiction generally list the following symptoms of gambling behaviour:

When a regular gambler loses he/she most likely will view it as just some bad luck. If only it was just ‘some’ bad luck but most often it will result in the neglect of family and friends. The gambler almost never gets back the money and dreams he/she desires because if he/she should say win, he always goes back for more as no amount is ever sufficient.

Pathological Gambling

There are many organisations to assist this addiction specifically Gamblers Anonymous. It is a World Wide Organisation that works to help both men and women beat this addiction. The have meetings on a regular basis for people to share their recovery experiences, and for others whose gambling problem has caused them trouble and misery but want to do something about it. It’s somewhere where a gambler won’t feel misunderstood as others in similar circumstances know and understand what the person is going through. It’s also a good place for them to see that it can be beaten, as others achieved beating it!