Gambling problems can happen to anyone from any walk of life. Your gambling goes from a fun, harmless diversion to an unhealthy obsession with serious consequences. If you are betting on the horses, in casinos, on slot machines, online or scratch cards, the consequences of problem gambling can be huge, leading to financial ruin, broken relationships, losing your job, mental health problems and borrowing or stealing to pay back debts.
If you are concerned that you have a problem with gambling, then ask yourself these questions:
- Am I secretive about my gambling?
- Do I gamble even when I don’t have the money?
- Do I lie to my friends and family about where I have been?
- Have I ever borrowed or stolen money to gamble?
- Do I carry on gambling even when I lose a bet?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions then now maybe the time to address your continued reliance on this compulsive behaviour. Once you have taken this step then you are on the road to recovery and to getting well and better.
If you think you may have a problem controlling your compulsive gambling behaviour, then you may find it beneficial to seek help and speak to a therapist. Remember that the first step is always the hardest – if you know that you need to change your gambling habits then you are already heading in the right direction.