Signs of Gambling Addiction

  • A pre-occupation with gambling activities and obtaining money to gamble.
  • An irresistible urge to gamble with an investment in the high or buzz provided by such activity.
  • An increase in the frequency and amounts spent on a bet and taking greater risks to achieve the desired excitement or escape.
  • Loss of control over the time and money spent on gambling – eventually risking more than they can afford to lose.
  • Developing an emotional dependency on gambling as a strategy to cope with anxiety, tension, worry or stress.
  • Denial of the problems.
  • Compulsive gamblers often do not seek help until they are a year’s salary or more in debt.
  • Compulsive gamblers often (but not always) have strong feelings of wanting to commit suicide.

A link below to an excellent article on the major increase in gambling addiction during the recession and the devastating impact and financial repercussions on families.

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/pricewatch/2011/0627/1224299632483.html