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Gambling is an Addiction where problems can cause as much if not more damage to the health, personal finance, and livelihoods of those affected by the rush associated with the possibility of winning something.


Gambling Addiction, also known as compulsive gambling, is one of the type of impulse control disorder. Compulsive gamblers can’t control the impulse to gamble, even when they know their gambling is hurting their loved ones lives.
These compulsive gamblers feel a rush or a high from the experience winning.

Research shows that most gamblers are not in control of whether they will gamble or not.
Today online gambling and real world foroums, as playing poker at a casino, can be extrmely addictive to one.
 

Know causes are said to included:

  • Hereditary component or biological component
  • Emotional
  • Peer pressure friends
  • Work Enviroment
  • Low self esteem
  • Traumatic experiences
  • Stress release
  • Proximity to bingo, casinos, race tracks, etc.
  • Stress release


Quiting:
Staying in recovery involves avoiding places where gambling is present, and possibly finding new friends who don't indulge in the activity. "People Places and Things"
 

  • Ask someone to help you
  • Talk to them about your lying
  • Limit your access to cash
  • Fill the gap - find new ways to spend your time
  • Relax and look after yourself - learn stress management techniques
  • Busts and setbacks - relapses are common, don't beat yourself up, just try again
  • Friends can help if you are open with them about your situation
  • Become a good problem solver - many people use gambling as a way to escape problems - learn to face them head-on instead


Don't be put off quiting, start now!.
Some can do it on their own,  but treatment may beneeded or a support person may makes it easier, especially if you've got serious problems caused by gambling. This person might be a spouse, parent, friend or counsellor.

Now!
If you can't make it alone, don't hesitate to get help. 800-823-8804

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