Addiction to Gambling: How to Diagnose It

By: Jack Reider

Like so many vices and hobbies across the world, gambling is no different. Many people learn to control their urges to spend and gamble everything they have, but some do not and then these can gamble and gamble until they not only jeopardize their personal finances but also their personal and psychological relationships. Such addicts are usually unaware that they have a problem until its too late and they are already deep into trouble.

How Will This Article Help You?
We will examine some of the most obvious symptoms that are easy to notice and then if you are pretty certain that you have diagnosed it correctly, we will show you how and where to get help for that pathological gambling problem.

Pathological or Compulsive gambling is a type of progressive addiction caused by an increased preoccupation with any kind of gambling activity. Such persons feel an uncontrollable urge to heighten the excitement by betting with more and more money. The lure of a big jackpot is not what drives them on, but the rush from gambling.

How to Recognize a Person with a Gambling Problem?
1) One of the first things you should do is try one of most typical symptoms of a gambling problem: finances. If the person you suspect seems to be having financial trouble without any apparent reason, its time to look at them more closely.

2) The Eyes: If they are red and bloody because of no sleep or too much alcohol and not from a party, note it.

3) Attitude: Addicts tend to become numb on all other issues and seem to focus all their efforts on that addiction. So, if a person has suddenly lost interest in an activity they once loved doing or even if they are suddenly not interested in a certain person or persons, its time to confront them.

4) Go Gambling: This might seem extreme but it’s the only real way to recognize an addict. Take them to a casino and then watch them play. Look at their eyes. If they are only interested in gambling and nothing else or if they want to spend all their money (ahem – we all do – but if they make a big fuss!) the very same night, one needs to get help.

How to Help a Gambling Addict?
Confronting an addict directly is not the most appropriate manner in which you can help them because they will not only decline your help but that they will deny that they have any kind of problem. They might even shun you from then on. So then what can you do?
1) Consult the Family: Call up their family. If it is someone from your family, call a family meeting. Tell them about your fears and then set up a time when you can all confront the addicted person. Remember that it is pretty easy to ignore one person but not the entire family.

2) Once the addicted person is ready, direct them towards seeking professional help. It would be good to check for such help services such as Gamblers Anonymous. Contact them or seek a local branch through their website:

3) Take Control of their Finances: At least in the beginning, check their financial situation and determine the best method of action in order to ensure that their money problems will also be taken care off.

Addiction in general and gambling addiction is not to be taken lightly. Do not think that it will just go away or that you can stop a person from gambling by ensuring he doesn't visit casinos. Nowadays, one can play a number of casino games at any number of online casinos or online poker rooms. You have to take action now to save that person. Do it Now!

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A writer for a guide to online casinos and an experienced gambler, Collin Dowall works for the local hospital where he deals with persons addicted to not all games such as scratch cards and even playing at bingo halls even though these seem innocent.

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