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:
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:
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.