Pathological Gambling


Pathological Gambling is much like an alchol or drug addiction. It is a disorder in which the person involved always feels the need to gamble or thingk about about gambling. It is a very powerful addiction usually leaving the person bankrupt and unsatisfied.


  • Usually begins in early adolence in men
  • For women it occurs between the ages of 20 and 40
  • Shares symptoms with obsessive compulsive disorder and may be triggered from that
  • Generally starts as occasional gambling then becomes an addiction


  • Preoccupation
  • Tolerance
  • Loss of control
  • Withdrawel
  • Escape
  • Chasing
  • Lying
  • Illegal Activity
  • Risked Relationships
  • Bailout


  • The first step is recognizing you have a problem
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Self-Help Support Groups like Gamblers Anonymous
  • Anti-deppresents and opioid antogonists