10 signs of problem gambling

Do you or does someone you know like to bet on games of chance? Here are ten signs and indicators to help you detect when gambling is becoming a problem. They will help you take stock of the situation.

Ten signs of a gambling problem:
Lying
Chasing losses
Borrowing money
Always betting more
Being obsessed with gambling
Being unable to stop gambling
Gambling out of need
Gambling to forget
Stealing or committing fraud to gamble
Gambling because it is the most important thing in the world

Lying

People who have problems with gambling often start lying to their families, friends, spouses, and coworkers to try to cover up their problem.

“Chasing” losses

Some gamblers try to justify gambling by saying they are just trying to win back the money they have lost. They claim that once they recover their money, they will stop gambling. They may claim that they only lost because they weren’t lucky or changed strategies. Gamblers who chase losses only end up piling up more losses and often end up in debt.

Borrowing money

When pathological gamblers wind up in a financial hole, they borrow money from their family, friends, coworkers, or even strangers, but they won’t always admit to the real reason for needing money. They may have other people pay their gambling debts, max out their credit cards, or take out a second mortgage.

Always betting more

Similar to someone who has a problem with drugs or alcohol, problem gamblers have to increase their “dose” of gambling to continue enjoying it. They do so by betting larger amounts of money to get the rush they crave. The problem is that the more they bet, the more they will lose.

Being obsessed with gambling

Problem gamblers are always thinking about the last time they gambled and the next time they will have the chance to gamble. They will find any excuse to go gambling, and they will try any strategy to get the money they need.

Being unable to stop gambling

Many gamblers are aware that they are gambling too much and want to quit. No matter how many times they try to quit, they cannot resist the desire to play.

Gambling out of need

Sometimes, gamblers who are trying to cut back on or quit gambling experience “psychological withdrawal symptoms.” Like someone with a drug or alcohol problem, they become tense, irritable, impatient, or agitated if they do not get their “dose” of gambling.

Gambling to forget

Some gamblers use gambling as a way to reduce stress, distract themselves, or forget their problems. They are not playing just to entertain themselves. Gambling makes them feel better and helps them escape from whatever is bothering them. As a result, the gambling itself causes problems.

Stealing or committing fraud to gamble

Problem gamblers keep playing no matter how much they lose, and their finances continue to get worse. They aren’t able to borrow enough money from family, friends, and coworkers, so they turn to misdeeds or crime as a means of funding their habit.

Gambling because it is the most important thing in the world

Gamblers can become so addicted to the game that their lives begin to revolve around gambling, and everything in their lives is affected by gambling. They are so addicted to the game that they are willing to risk their families, friendships, studies, jobs, and future career prospects.