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Tips for Recovering From Gambling Addiction

Posted on July 25, 2015 in Gambling Addiction

Tips for Recovering From Gambling AddictionIf you are wondering how to beat gambling addiction, you may need to get professional help. On the other hand, if you have already received treatment and are now abstaining from gambling, you now need advice for avoiding a relapse. The drive to gamble for an addict is powerful, but you can resist it. Hopefully your therapist or counselor has given you the tools you need to live your life without gambling, but it never hurts to get some extra help. Here are some important gambling recovery tips to help you live your life to the fullest without giving into the temptation to gamble:

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Internet Gambling Is the Next Big Thing-Or Is It?

Posted on July 2, 2015 in Gambling Addiction

Internet Gambling Is the Next Big Thing-Or Is It?After three states lifted their restrictions against it in 2013, legalized Internet gambling seemed poised to sweep across the American landscape like an out-of-control wildfire. But the online gambling industry’s plans for conquest have run into unexpected roadblocks, and at least for now the anticipated firestorm has been reduced to a smoldering pile of embers. 

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Gambling Addiction Runs in Families

Posted on June 5, 2015 in Gambling Addiction

Gambling Addiction Runs in FamiliesGambling addiction is a serious problem and an example of a behavioral addiction. Although gambling addicts don’t abuse a chemical substance, like a drug addict does, they experience many of the symptoms of addiction. For someone addicted to gambling, there are withdrawal symptoms, a build-up of tolerance and the inability to stop in spite of the negative consequences. Many people have had their finances, relationships and careers destroyed because of a gambling habit.

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Understanding the Phases of Compulsive Gambling

Posted on August 7, 2013 in Gambling Addiction

Understanding the Phases of Compulsive GamblingGambling is a form of recreation that’s turned into a multi-billion-dollar industry in the U.S.  In fact, the allure and excitement of gambling is so powerful that more money is spent on it than many other forms of entertainment combined – including sporting events, video games and movie tickets. Unfortunately, this same allure also makes it a form of recreation that can easily turn into an addiction.  According to the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), during any given year approximately 6 million to 9 million people in the U.S. will struggle with a gambling problem.

While some individuals can gamble and know when to cut their losses (or wins) and stop, others cannot.  They become trapped in a vicious cycle that involves three phases – winning, losing and desperation.  These phases were identified by the late Dr. Robert Custer, a psychiatrist who was a well-known and highly respected pioneer in the treatment of compulsive gambling. Understanding these phases helps shed light on why the addiction develops and why it can be so difficult to overcome.

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Gambling and Substance Abuse Share Characteristics, But Treatments Differ

Posted on June 27, 2013 in Gambling Addiction

The rush that some people experience when they gamble, whether it’s at a table in a casino, online or in a weekly match with local enthusiasts, is sometimes so intense that an addiction is born.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders does not have a listing for gambling among its addictions, but despite its differences with substance abuse, problem gambling can be just as destructive. But gambling is differentiated due to its cognitive associations and is referred to as pathological gambling instead of classic dependence issues seen with substances.

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Is Smart Phone Gambling Smart?

Posted on August 3, 2011 in Gambling Addiction

Most people with smart phones are thrilled with the slick packaging and full range of features they offer, but for one demographic easy access to online gambling is proving to be problematic. Online gambling via mobile device is still prohibited in the United States but in other countries it is legal.

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Compulsive Gambling: One Woman’s Struggle

Posted on February 19, 2010 in Gambling Addiction

 Mary Sojourner, M.A., the author of She Bets Her Life: A True Story of Gambling Addiction and a former counselor specializing in women’s healing, wrote the following article for Psychology Today:

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Are You a Compulsive Gambler?

Posted on September 20, 2009 in Gambling Addiction

Everybody likes to make a bet now and then, right? It’s the American dream to strike it rich, come into a windfall, and win big at games of chance. How else are you going to beat the system, stick it in the face of those who hold you back, dictate your life, control your money. What begins as a way to pass the time or escape from your troubles soon escalates into an everyday activity. Before long, you can’t seem to help yourself. You spend more and more time gambling in one form or another.
Oh, no, that’s not me, you may be telling yourself right now. But look a little closer at what kind of behavior and thoughts you have. You’re not in control anymore. Ask yourself these questions, and answer honestly.

• Do you gamble as a means of escape?
• Have you ever resorted to stealing in order to finance your gambling?
• Do you gamble even when you don’t have any money?
• Do you use money intended to pay bills in order to gamble?
• Do you gamble every day?
• Are you losing sleep over your gambling losses?
• Has your relationship with your spouse been negatively affected by your gambling?
• Are you depressed over your gambling?
• Do you gamble with the hope of striking it rich?
• Do you gamble after an argument, when you are anxious, frustrated or depressed?
• Does gambling give you a rush when you win?
• Do you continue to gamble, even when you lose big and keep losing, in order to achieve that rush?
• Have you borrowed money from friends and family to gamble by telling them it was for something else?
• Have you ever taken out a loan to finance your gambling, pay off your gambling losses?
• Have you used money you borrowed that was intended to pay off your gambling debts and instead used it to continue gambling?
• Have you ever entertained the thought of doing something illegal in order to get money to gamble?
• Have you sold your possessions – or those of your spouse and/or family – in order to get money to gamble?
• Do you ever feel regret after you’ve been gambling?
• Is your reputation tarnished as a result of your gambling?
• Do you lose track of time while you are gambling?
• Is your gambling jeopardizing your job?
• Have you lost time at work due to absences or lateness?
• Is your gambling affecting your ability to take care of your responsibilities at home, at work, with friends?
• Have others told you that you have a problem with gambling or that you are addicted to gambling?
• Do you use any excuse to gamble, to celebrate – “Let’s go to the casino,” – to put yourself in a better mood, you deserve it, etc.?
• Do you gamble to escape your worries, stress or problems?
• Do you feel justified in gambling?
• Do you make excuses for your gambling losses?
• Does your life revolve around gambling to the extent that it’s all you want to do every day?
• Have you lost all sense of ambition, getting ahead with your job, moving forward with your family?
• Are you unable to enjoy normal family life because of your gambling?
• Have you become so depressed over your gambling or gaming losses that you’ve considered suicide?

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