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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




 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


chase losses?


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 -


Find Resources in your area


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



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