AA, NA, Al-Anon Meeting Information
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
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
Does your family member lie about his or her
Does your family member promise to stop yet
gamble again and again?
Does your family member immediately return to
Does your family member ever gamble longer
than he or she intended to, until the last dollar is
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
· To overcome loneliness, boredom, etc.
· To get easy money
· To impress others
· To be the center of attention
· To make friends
National Council on Problem Gambling -
Gamblers Anonymous - www.gamblersanonymous.org
Gam-Anon - www.gam-anon.org
Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline - 1-800-589-9966 -
National Problem Gambling Helpline - 1-800-522-4700
AA, NA, Al-Anon meeting Information & Problem Gambling and Resources