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Addiction of any kind is a problem. And most addictions result in complications and disruptions in:
• Personal, domestic life
• Professional environment
• Society and
• Financial health.
All these problems and more can and will manifest themselves in a person suffering from a gambling addiction as well.
What is gambling addiction and what are its signs?
Known also as problem gambling or ludomania, gambling addiction simply means that an individual feels a need to gamble even if it is detrimental to him. Gambling can take on many forms – card games, betting, and even slots. Problem gambling is pathological and a person suffering from this will go on betting and gambling even if he or she continually loses money. Very often, gambling addicts continue gambling, despite their strong desire to stop their dangerous behavior.
There are many ways in which gambling addiction will manifest itself. Some of the most common ways or signs are:
• An individual being secretive about his gambling habit
• Not being able to walk away from gambling even if it has brought on financial ruin
• An inordinate time being spent on random gambling activities and
• Using gambling as a means of getting away from problems such as depression, guilt and so on.
It takes time
Gambling addiction and treatment of the same – both take time to develop. A person becomes addicted to gambling only over a course of time. The high that he experiences when his gambling pays off can often be followed by losses. But a gambler will feel that he can recover money by gambling further, and this often leads to a vicious cycle. More money is poured into recovering lost money until an individual is addicted to bigger and bigger gambling risks.
There are some pretty effective support systems and treatments for gambling addiction and it would be wise to invest attention and time in these programs if you or someone you know has a gambling problem.
The emotional aspects
Dealing with gambling addiction often begins in dealing with the emotional aspects. Experts recognize that there are certain emotional triggers that force an individual to head to the casinos or gambling dens. Such triggers could be loneliness, depression, stress and even anxiety. It is extremely important to identify the factors that cause these stresses and then incorporate healthier ways of dealing with them. For instance, spending time with a counselor or a friend could be more useful than going gambling.
Like most other de-addiction programs, gambling too has support groups which help people deal with problem gambling. The 12-step recovery programs of Gamblers Anonymous or behavioral therapy given by professionals have proven to be very effective in helping people. The key is to start with acknowledging that a gambling problem exists and that it is imperative to seek help.
Many program participants succeed because they address the need to change the way the mind deals with the need to gamble. Making a permanent change in behavior requires complete individual participation, effective treatment therapy and a strong support system.
To know more, please visit: A New Start Treatment and Recovery website.
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