Whether you bet on sports, scratch cards, roulette, poker, or slots—in a casino, at the track, or online—problem gambling can strain relationships, interfere with work, and lead to financial catastrophe. You may even do things you never thought you would, like stealing money to gamble or pay debts. You may think you can’t stop, but with the right help, you can overcome a gambling problem or addiction and regain control of your life.
What is gambling addiction and problem gambling?
Gambling addiction, also known as compulsive gambling or gambling disorder, is an impulse-control disorder. Compulsive gamblers can’t control the impulse to gamble, even when it’s hurting themselves or their loved ones.
Compulsive gamblers keep gambling no matter the consequences, even when they know the odds are against them or they can’t afford to lose.
People with gambling addiction often have other behavior or mood disorders. Many abuse substances, have ADD/ADHD, or mood disorders such as depression.
The Internet has made gambling far more accessible and harder for recovering addicts to avoid relapse. Online casinos and bookmakers are open all day, every day for anyone with a smartphone.
Gamblers can have a problem without being totally out of control. Problem gambling is any gambling behavior that disrupts your life. If you’re preoccupied with gambling, spending more and more time and money on it, or gambling despite serious consequences, you have a gambling problem.
If you think you might have problems with gambling, do not hesitate to get in contact with www.gambleawear.co.uk for advice and local Gamblers help organisations.