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Gambling

 

Compulsive gambling is often called the “invisible” addiction, because gambling addicts don’t show physical signs like some drug addicts do, like liquor on their breath or needle marks on their arms — but gambling addiction can ruin lives.  

What is compulsive gambling? Gambling addiction, or compulsive gambling, is gambling behavior that causes disruption in psychological, physical, professional or social aspects.

Warning signs of gambling addiction include: 

  1. A steadily increasing preoccupation with gambling
  2. A need to bet more money, more frequently
  3. Restlessness or irritability when attempting to stop gambling
  4. "Chasing" losses with more gambling
  5. Continued gambling despite mounting serious, negative consequences

Gambling addiction affects millions of Americans:

Roughly two million Americans meet the criteria for gambling addiction. Gambling addiction can occur regardless of your choice of game, be it poker, slot machines or the state lottery. And this isn’t just a financial problem – it’s a progressive illness. Paying off a compulsive gamblers debts won’t cure the addiction; inevitably, the gambling addict will continue to place bets and accrue more debts that he or she can’t afford to pay

Consequences to Untreated Gambling Addiction, such as:

  • Financial difficulties, including bankruptcy. Gambling addicts are typically tens of thousands in debt, or more, by the time they seek help.
  • Problems at home or work. Gambling addicts sometimes will continue playing through the night and can show up bleary-eyed to work in the morning. Bosses notice this behavior. At home, the stress and anxiety caused by their addiction leads some gambling addicts to mistreat their spouse or children.
  • Criminal records. Many gambling addicts who wouldn’t otherwise break the law can turn to crimes such as embezzlement, fraud or theft in order to finance their habit. This includes stealing from the workplace or their loved ones.

If you or someone you know is struggling with problem gambling, please contact us or feel free to give us a call at 951-657-2960.

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Perris Valley Recovery Program
Ph: 951-657-2960Fax:951-940-4600
236 E. 3rd Suite B
Perris, CA 92570 US