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PROBLEM GAMBLING

 

Problem gambling includes all gambling behavior

 

patterns that compromise, disrupt or damage personal,

 

family or vocational pursuits. The essential features

 

are increasing preoccupation with gambling, a need

 

to bet more money more frequently, restlessness or

 

irritability when attempting to stop, “chasing” losses,

 

and loss of control manifested by continuation of

 

the gambling behavior in spite of mounting, serious,

 

negative consequences. In extreme cases, problem

 

gambling can result in financial ruin, legal problems,

 

loss of career and family, or even suicide.

 

How can a person be addicted to something that

 

isn’t a substance?

 

Although no substance is ingested, the problem

 

gambler gets the same effect from gambling as

 

someone else might get from taking drugs or having

 

a drink. The gambling alters the person’s mood and

 

the gambler keeps repeating the behavior attempting

 

to achieve that same effect. But just as tolerance

 

develops for drugs or alcohol, the gambler finds it

 

takes more and more of the gambling experience to

 

achieve the same emotional effect as before. This

 

creates an increased craving for the activity and the

 

gambler finds they have less and less ability to resist

 

as the craving grows in intensity and frequency.

 

 

Does someone in your family

 

have a gambling problem?

 

To find out please answer the following

 

questions honestly:

 

Does your family member ever lose time from

 

work due to gambling?

 

 Have you noticed a personality change in

 

your family member as his or her gambling

 

progresses?

 

 Does your family member lie about his or her

 

gambling?

 

Does your family member promise to stop yet

 

gamble again and again?

 

Does your family member immediately return to

 

chase losses?

 

Does your family member ever gamble longer

 

than he or she intended to, until the last dollar is

 

gone?

 

If you answered yes to any of these questions you

 

may have a loved one with a gambling problem.

 

Reasons Adolescents Gamble

 

· To escape problems

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· To overcome loneliness, boredom, etc.

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· To get easy money

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· To impress others

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· To be the center of attention

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· To make friends

 

Resources

 

National Council on Problem Gambling -

 

www.ncpgambling.org

 

Gamblers Anonymous - www.gamblersanonymous.org

 

Gam-Anon - www.gam-anon.org

 

Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline - 1-800-589-9966 -

 

Find Resources in your area

 

National Problem Gambling Helpline - 1-800-522-4700

                                                                                                          

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