Gambling addiction—also known as pathological gambling, compulsive gambling or gambling disorder—is an impulse-control disorder. You’ll gamble whether you’re up or down, broke or flush, happy or depressed, and you’ll keep gambling regardless of the consequences—even when you know that the odds are against you or you can’t afford to lose.
Here are some Myths and some Facts about Gambling Problems:
- Myth: I have to gamble every day to have a gambling problem
- Fact: A problem gambler may gamble often or less frequently- if Gambling causes you problems- it is a problem
- Myth: If I can afford to gamble, it can’t be a problem for me.
- Fact: Problems caused by excessive gambling are not just financial. Too much time spent on gambling can lead to relationship and legal problems, job loss, mental health problems, including depression and anxiety, and even suicide.
- Myth: My partner ,wife, husband, parent, is the reason that I gamble- they cause me to.
- Fact: You are rationalizing your behavior. Blaming others is one way to avoid taking responsibility for your actions. Including what you need to do to overcome the problem.
- Myth: My partner, wife, husband, parent should help me get out of debt and then I can quit.
- Fact: Quick solutions may appear to be the loving thing to do, but if your loved one bails you out it will only allow you to keep going.
For help with a Gambling Problem call The Recovery Center at 740-687-4500.