Everything You Need to Know about Gambling Addiction
Gambling is one of the most deceitful vices because it promises an award. However, it can quickly lead to financial ruin. At casinos, the odds are never in your favor because the house always wins. But gambling isn’t restricted to slot machines, cards, and casinos. Purchasing lottery tickets, entering raffles, making bets with friends are also prominent ways to feed a gambling addiction.
What causes gambling addiction?
There are many factors that contribute to gambling addiction. Desperation for money, experiencing the thrills and highs, social status with being a successful gambler, and being in the casino/nightlife are all social factors to gambling addiction.
However, there are other factors such as depression, anxiety, and compulsive disorders that can also contribute to it.
Severe addiction can make someone feel desperate to win their money back. Once they finally win, while they may end up collecting a large amount of money, it’s rare that it covers what they’ve lost.
What are the signs of gambling addiction?
Signs of a gambling problem are quite like other addictions.
People who are secretive about their gambling, have trouble controlling their gambling habits and gamble when they can’t afford to. These are all telltale signs of an addiction.
Loved ones of the addict often express their concerns as well.
Gambling addicts also experience a slew of emotional symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and even suicidal thoughts.
What are the effects of gambling?
Emotional symptoms bring physical symptoms. Depression and anxiety, for example, cause sleep deprivation which leads to pale skin, change in weight, acne, and bags under the eyes and body aches.
Often people turn to other addictions to use as coping mechanisms. Many gamblers turn to alcohol, drugs, and other risky activities to relieve themselves from the anxiety brought on by gambling. It’s inevitable that a person will be in financial ruin, but it’s also key to know that it will strain or ruin relationships.
A dual diagnosis means that someone who is suffering from an addiction is often diagnosed with a mental health disorder, depression and anxiety being the most common. Holistic treatment addresses both issues.
Quitting gambling is not easy, but it can be done with the help of a support system and treatment program. If you or a loved one is struggling with a gambling addiction, contact us today.
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