- The preoccupation with gambling.
- Failed attempts to stop the game.
- A rise in risk-taking behavior.
“I knew that he was addicted. I tried to help him, I tried to make him understand, but I could not. I know, he was feeling alone and unloved. But, there was nothing more left and I chose to leave him”
Look around vigilantly and you will see a bunch of junkies hiding in the deep dark alleys with a few playing cards of aces, hearts, diamonds, and hearts. Since last few decades, the number of legals and illegal casinos has grown. And, the prominent victims of this gambling addiction are young people.
Their existence is recorded in many ancient manuscripts and it is believed that this addiction was long present in ancient Egypt, China, Japan, India, and in ancient Greece or ancient Rome. Despite knowing that gambling is a serious addiction, regimes are not at all serious about putting any ban on these social evils. Hence, are accepted and tolerated socially.
Dependence on gambling, like any addiction or disorder, affects the family, not only on the person concerned. And how it reacts is very important in the process of giving up addiction.
Usually, someone starts playing in adolescence and continued for several years, before arriving in therapy. At first, the amounts spent are small and do not pose a problem so great. As the amounts are becoming increasingly important, the playing begins to borrow from friends.
According to experts, be it any sort of addiction, once addicted, a person cannot help himself and he will do anything to satisfy his addiction. Like any addict, gamblers also hide this behavior and try to raise money in various ways. Many psychologists believe that gamblers do not seek help because most of the time they do not consider it as a problem.
Symptoms of Addiction
How do you know you are addicted to games? If you reading this article, either you have a problem already or you are trying to bring someone out of this quagmire. In any case, try to have answers for these questions in Yes or No.
- Bet more than you can afford?
- You promised to stop or control your game but have you realized that you can not?
- You remorse after playing?
- You borrowed money and you have a hard time back?
- You have unexplained absences from home or work?
- Play more than you planned?
- Play to the last penny?
- Gamble to escape worry or trouble?
- Feel radical changes in mood and feel depressed, nervous or anxious?
- Receive complaints about that play, the person close?
- After losing money immediately seek to recover your losses through the game?
- Bet to win money to pay debts?
If your answer is yes to four or more of the above questions, then you (or the person you are concerned about) may have a problem with gambling.
How To Treat
The treatment is complex. It involves therapy sessions, and often accompanied by medication. There are rehabilitation centers and once they discover the disorders, they admit addicts as patients.
It is a medium to long-term treatment. A few months treatment will not solve these problems. Recovery is a process that involves change and progressive means to live a balanced life without the need for gambling.
The main steps that will transform a pathological player are controlling addiction that can take up to three months, solving the problem that causes addiction that may take anything between 6 months and 24 months, and last, but not the least, maintaining an addiction-free lifestyle that extends indefinitely.