Gambling Addiction

What is a gambling addiction?

    Gambling addiction, also known as compulsive gambling, is a type of impulse-control disorder. Compulsive gamblers can't control the impulse to gamble, even when they know their gambling is hurting themselves or their loved ones. Gambling is all they can think about and all they want to do, no matter the consequences.

What are some negative effects of gambling?

  • Increased rates of unemployment
  • Bankruptcy
  • Fraud and check forgery
  • Forced home sales
  • Increased alcohol and drug abuse
  • Poor mental and physical health of the addict

What are some signs of having a gambling addictions?

  • Feeling the need to be secretive about gambling
  • Having trouble controlling gambling habits
  • Gambling when you cannot afford to
  • Your friends and family express concern about your gambling