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What are the Effects of a Gambling Addiction?

What are the Effects of a Gambling Addiction?

Some people enjoy going to the casino and playing the slot machines or betting on their favorite team to win the game. Gambling can be harmless when a person has the ability and control to know when to stop. Unfortunately, many people cannot stop and become addicted to gambling.

Compulsive gambling leads to devastating problems with money, family, friends, and work.

In most cases, gambling addiction is associated with other addictive behaviors. Mental health disorders such as bipolar, schizophrenia, mood problems, and antisocial disorders are risk factors for compulsive gambling. Alcohol or cocaine addiction is also common with a person who is addicted to gambling.

When treating a gambling addiction, any coexisting mental health problems need to be treated for a successful recovery. Environment, stress, and culture can also play a part in developing and treating a gambling addiction. Compulsive gambling involves persistent and recurring problem gambling that include several symptoms:

  • Always thinking about future gambling experiences and ways to get money to gamble
  • Repeated unsuccessful attempts to stop
  • Irritation when trying to stop
  • Escape from stress
  • Gambling to win back money after losing
  • Lying to hide the gambling addiction
  • Risking relationships with loved ones

People who live with a gambling addiction will continue to gamble despite the negative consequences. The harmful effects of compulsive gambling can cause bankruptcy, poverty, and lead to suicide. Gambling addiction has destructive effects on loved ones. Family members may experience domestic violence, assault, and abuse from their loved one with a gambling addiction. Children of compulsive gamblers are at risk of developing depression, drug or alcohol abuse, and behavioral problems.

Many people who have a gambling addiction will do anything to get money. They might steal from family and friends to gamble. Even though they want to quit, many people with a gambling addiction cannot control their behavior without help.

A physical and psychological exam will determine an accurate diagnosis for treatment. Mental health disorders can cause a person to act impulsively and lead to his or her gambling addiction. Manic episodes of bipolar contribute to impulsive behavior. Getting the proper treatment for mental health problems will help with recovery from a gambling addiction.

The Center for Professional Recovery offers the Professional Treatment Program, designed specifically to address the unique needs of professionals, like first-responders. Our programs are designed to treat co-occurring disorders which might arise and restore first-responders in a way which allows them to return to work and continue taking care of their mental health. For information on our full continuum of care for professionals, call us today: (855) 422-4129

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