Know The Warning Signs
Often referred to as the ‘hidden addiction’, problem gambling is not as easily detected as alcoholism or substance abuse. As one gambler put it “You can’t smell a deck of cards on my breath!”
There are warning signs, however, that may indicate when a person is crossing the line from the fun of social gambling to the pain of problem gambling. These include:
The first step in finding a solution is to recognize the problem.
Surprisingly, problem gamblers are very often the last ones to realize what is happening to them in spite of mounting consequences and increasing emotional impact. They may attribute their difficulties to a mere financial problem or believe they are just not being 'smart' enough when they gamble. The fantasy that one more big win will solve the financial problems and return everything to normal drives them on to gamble even harder.
Problem Gambling Self-Test
Answer ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to each of the following questions:
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