Some Answers to your Questions About Gambling Addiction

How do i Know If i Have a Playing Addiction?
You will know if you have a playing addiction if playing has affected your life negatively socially, emotionally, financially and spiritually. If you have gambled alone, and have missed work, lost more than live22 you could afford, or humiliated about playing, you more than likely have a playing addiction. “Compulsive Gambling” is considered an impulse control disorder and is seen as an unstoppable thoughts and huge urges to gamble. “Problem Gambling” is considered less severe than compulsive playing, but it is still a very serious problem.

Someone in my family is enslaved by playing. What must i do?
There are many paths you could take when family members is enslaved by playing. You can go to a gamanon meeting yourself to get 12 -Step support from other family members of bettors. (Check links and resources). This might be a good first step up finding out how to approach your family member, since every situation differs from the others. Please check resources page for more information on this topic.

I have a playing addiction and I have lost a lot of money. I am in financial trouble, and I don’t know what to do. Can you help?
Doing debt is one of the biggest after-effects of a playing addiction. It can effect the gambler long after he or she stops playing and is one of the long-term consequences of playing addiction. When you attend a Bettors Unknown 12-Step Group you can find support from trusted members on how to deal with your debt problems. Please also go to the links and resources page to learn more about debt and credit solutions as a result of your playing addiction. Remember, playing addiction is not a money problem.. it is an emotional and spiritual problem with financial consequences.

Can i have a playing addiction if i go to the casino.. but mostly win?
Yes. There are 4 stages of a playing addiction. 1. Winning Phase: Usually starts with a big win and a belief that good luck will continue forever. 2. Losing Phase: More pre-occupied with playing. You are playing alone, missing work, lying about your whereabouts, and needs to chase your losses. 3. Desolation Phase: This is truly seen as an a loss of control, preoccupation with playing, defaulting on most debt, cheating or obtaining, loss of job or primary relationship. 4. Improbable Phase: You hit very cheap. You may also start destroying drugs or alcohol. Suicide thoughts and attempts are common in this phase.

I gamble when i am depressed and depressed. The reason?
You are likely known as an “escape gambler” You gamble to escape emotional pain. Most “escape gamblers” can become enslaved by slot machines, online playing, and bingo. An “action gambler” is someone who enjoys risk taking and gambles on games of skill such as sports bets, the currency markets, and cards. “Action-gamblers” have been traditionally male, however, the genders are becoming well represented in each group.

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