People do come to the realization that they are addicted to gambling. Some people are ready to get help, some refuse, others don’t know what to do, where to go or who to trust. A small percentage of these people will seek help. They are the lucky ones. The others However, will continue to live in a fantasy world.
The fantasy world takes the addicted individual out of pain, loneliness and reality. As each day passes they lose more money and try and believe next time they will have that big win. Unfortunately it never comes.
An addict is an individual whose life is dependent and restricted by their aspiration to continue following the same behavior patterns. We are people who exhibit behavior patterns that if continued will get progressively worse. The end result can include jail, institutions, illness, poverty, and death.
Only you have the ability to decide if you have an addiction.
There is no humiliation in facing up to the fact that you have a problem! What is important is that you decided to do something about it.
A majority of gamblers have experienced one or more of the following:
– Having a hard time sleeping
– Having a hard time focusing
– Unable to get gambling off your mind
– Didn’t tell people where you were going
– Kept your gambling a secret from loved ones
– Feeling good so you wanted to gamble
– Feeling bad so you wanted to gamble
– Time stands still until you gamble again
There are so many other ways to determine if you have a gambling problem, but I believe you already know!