Facts About Gambling Addiction

Ken Donaldson on gambling addiction

Gambling Addiction Costs Money and Ruins Lives

Even though gambling is widely accepted as a recreational activity, it can easily become problematic. People who’ve gone past the point of “normal” gambling and have gotten into addictive gambling have formed a rigid denial system and have an endless array of rationalizations, minimizations and flat out lies.

Here are the primary symptoms of someone with a gambling addiction:

  • They gamble with increasing amounts of money in order to achieve the desired excitement
  • They are restless or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop gambling
  • They have made repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back, or stop gambling
  • They are often preoccupied with gambling
  • They often gamble when feeling distressed
  • After losing money gambling, they often return another day to “chase” their losses
  • They lie to conceal the extent of involvement with gambling
  • They have jeopardized or lost a significant relationship, job, education or career opportunity because of gambling

Additionally, here are some shocking statistics about people addicted to gambling:

  • 60% will commit crimes
  • 20% commit or attempt suicide
  • 63% are alcoholics
  • 20% have filed for bankruptcy
  • 50% will abuse spouses and children
  • 20% of the homeless are gambling addicts
  • 50% of gambling addicts will divorce
  • The average gambling debt is between $63,000 and $110,000

Gambling addiction, like other addictive behaviors, can be successfully treated. If you’d like more information about treatment for yourself or a loved one, I invite you to call so we can discuss treatment options.

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