Gambling Addiction Treatment
Playing the lottery, bingo, poker, betting on sports, or casino gambling can be fun and entertaining. But when gambling begins to disrupt your family life, interfere with work and affect your emotional health, you may be suffering from “problem gambling.”
Problem gambling is the term used to describe gambling behavior, which causes disruption in any important life function, whether psychological, physical, social or vocational. Problem gambling also includes compulsive gambling, which is a progressive addiction characterized by increasing preoccupation with gambling, a need to bet more money more frequently, restlessness or irritability when attempting to stop gambling, "chasing" losses, and loss of control by continuing negative gambling behavior, regardless of the disruption and serious consequences of such behavior.
Warning Signs of Gambling Addiction
Your loved one may need gambling addiction help if he/she:
- Brags about winning, exaggerates wins and/or minimizes losses.
- Spends a lot of time gambling, thinking about or planning to gamble.
- Becomes restless or irritable when not gambling.
- Borrows money for gambling.
- Hides the amount of time spent gambling or hides bills and unpaid debts.
- Lies about how much time or money is spent on gambling.
If you think YOU may have a gambling addiction problem, ask yourself these ten questions:
- Have you bragged about winning, exaggerated wins, and/or minimizes losses?
- Have you often gambled until your last dollar was gone?
- Have thoughts of gambling caused you to lose sleep?
- Have you used your income or savings to gamble while letting bills go unpaid?
- Have you made repeated, unsuccessful attempts to stop gambling?
- Have you broken the law or considered breaking the law to finance your gambling?
- Have you borrowed money to finance your gambling?
- Have you felt depressed or suicidal because of your gambling losses?
- Have you been remorseful after gambling?
- Have you gambled to get money to meet your financial obligations?
Gambling Addiction Help is Available
Firelands Counseling & Recovery Services offers treatment for anyone who may be concerned about a gambling problem. Financial assistance may be available to help cover the cost of treatment.
Give us a call today.
- Huron County: 419-663-3737
- Wyandot County: 419-294-4388
- Seneca County: 419-448-9440
- Sandusky County: 419-332-5524
National Problem Gambling Help Hotline: 800-522-4700