Gambling can be incredibly fun and exciting for many people. However, some people find it difficult to keep their gambling habits under control. If you find that your gambling habit is starting to control you, rather than you controlling your habit, then it’s time to seek help.
It is important to note that online casino gambling can be more addictive than live gambling, as the Internet is known to have an addictive quality in itself.
How can you tell you have a gambling problem?
There are certain signs that you can look for that are indicative of a gambling problem. If you have experienced any of the following warning signs then you should seriously consider getting help. Warning Signs:
– You lie to your family and friends about your gambling habit
– You spend more money wagering on online casino or live gambling games than you can afford
– You lose track of time and gamble for longer than you planned
– You get annoyed easily at disturbances while you are gambling
– When you lose money you continue playing, chasing your losses to see if you can win the money back
– You think about gambling, even when you are not gambling
– You don’t know how to quit when your ahead—when you’re up you keep gambling until you’ve lost all the money you won
– You find yourself having to play for higher and higher stakes to achieve the same excitement you once got from lower stakes
– You strongly believe that you are destined for big wins
– You believe that the reason you lose is that you don’t play well
Admitting You Have a Problem
Nobody chooses to be addicted to something—not to drugs, not alcohol and not gambling or anything else. Because you don’t choose this fate it can be hard to deal with your addiction on your own. Therefore, denying that you have a problem will get you nowhere. Only by admitting that you have a problem can you start to deal with it and get help.
Know that you are not alone in this. Gambling addictions have been around for as long as gambling has, and that is a long time. Talk to people who have been through what you’re going through and don’t be afraid to turn to others for help and support.
Start by limiting the time you spend in online casinos. Many online casinos allow you to set limits for your spending. By using these limits you can prevent yourself from spending more money than you’d like when you gamble online.
There are also Gamblers Anonymous groups around the globe. You can check your local phone book or check the Gamblers Anonymous website to find meetings in your area.
Want to get help? The following resources can help you with your gambling problem:
– Gamblers Anonymous
– UK GamCare
Help Hotline: 0845-6000-13 – Responsible Gaming Council
– National Council on Problem Gambling (Canada)
Help Hotline: 1-800-522-4700