Gambling is a fun activity that can be exciting, but it also comes with some risks. For some people, gambling can become an addiction. This is a problem that can lead to financial loss and damage relationships with family and friends. If you think that your gambling is getting out of hand, contact our counsellors for support and advice.
Developing a problem with gambling can be triggered by a variety of factors, including a psychological trigger, such as a stressful event in your life. This can lead to feelings of guilt and shame, or even self-doubt, as you try to control your behaviour and find a way out. It can also be triggered by social pressures, such as the desire to win money and impress others.
You may need to limit how much you gamble, or set a time limit on it. This is particularly important if you are spending a lot of money on betting. It is important to keep track of your losses so that you don’t let them get out of hand.
Recovering from a problem with gambling is not easy. It requires commitment, a strong support network and hard work to overcome your addiction. Some of the best ways to achieve recovery are by joining a gambling support group, attending a therapeutic class and finding a mentor.
The long-term effects of problem gambling can be very detrimental to a person’s health and happiness. This can include changes in brain chemistry and cell structure, a decrease in self-esteem, a loss of the ability to enjoy other things in life and changes in how you interact with others.
Pathological gambling is a serious disorder that causes a range of unintended consequences and should be treated early on. The consequences can range from a decline in health and quality of life to severe family disruption, financial ruin and legal troubles.
In the United States, around two million people have a problem with gambling and up to 20 million more are affected by it. Many of these people suffer in silence, and the condition is often not recognised or treated until it has reached a severe stage.
Increasingly, the problem of gambling is being recognized as a psychiatric disorder in its own right. The American Psychiatric Association has changed its diagnosis of pathological gambling from impulse control disorders to addictions in the latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).
If you have a loved one who is suffering from a problem with gambling, it is important that you talk to them about their behaviour and how it affects your life. This can be difficult, but it is important that you communicate the harm they are causing. You should not judge them, but rather try to offer them support and help them change their behaviour.
The first thing to do is understand that gambling is not a bad thing, but that it can be harmful. Unlike drugs and alcohol, you cannot force your friend or family member to stop or control their behaviour, but you can encourage them to seek help and support.