10 Signs of a Problem Gambler

10 Signs of a Problem Gambler
Preoccupation

Preoccupation with gambling can include things reliving past gambling experiences, handicapping or planning the next venture, or thinking of ways to get money for gambling.
Tolerance

Tolerance refers to the need to gamble with larger amounts of money in order to achieve the desired level of excitement.
Withdrawal

When not able to gamble or attempting to cut down on gambling, withdrawal can result in restlessness or irritable.
Escape

Gambling is used a means to escape the problems of life or relieve feelings of helplessness, guilt, anxiety, and/or depression
Chasing

Chasing a win refers to returning another day after experiencing a gambling lose to recover what was initially lost.
Lying

Lies are often told to family members, therapist, or others to hide the extent of a person’s involvement with gambling.
Loss of Control

Loss of control is evident when one has made repeated unsuccessful attempts to control, cut back, or stop gambling.
Illegal Acts

In order to fund gambling habits, one may engage in illegal activities such as forgery, fraud, theft, and/or embezzlement.
Risked Significant Relationship

Gambling has resulted in or jeopardized a significant relationship, job, education and/or career opportunity.
Bailout

Financial difficulties resulting from gambling causes reliance on others to provide financial assistance to avoid significant consequences.
If you or someone you know experiences  3 or more of the above symptoms, it may be an indication of problem gambling .  If 5 or more symptoms are present, it may represent a significant problem with compulsive/pathological gambling that needs assistance from a professional therapist.  A therapist trained in addictions can help restore the personal, family, and vocational relationships that have been damaged by gambling addiction.
 

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