Compulsive Gambling; Betting on Addiction


Going to your local casino. Buying a few scratch-offs. Even playing the lottery in hopes of become filthy rich can lead to addiction. Gambling can go from fun to problematic very quickly. Therefore, individuals and families may suffer financially, emotionally, and even physically. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (5th ed.)

A diagnosis of gambling disorder requires at least four of the following during the past year:

  1. Need to gamble with increasing amount of money to achieve the desired excitement
  2. Restless or irritable when trying to cut down or stop gambling
  3. Repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back on or stop gambling
  4. Frequent thoughts about gambling (such as reliving past gambling experiences, planning the next gambling venture, thinking of ways to get money to gamble)
  5. Often gambling when feeling distressed
  6. After losing money gambling, often returning to get even (referred to as “chasing” one’s losses)
  7. Lying to conceal gambling activity
  8. Jeopardizing or losing a significant relationship, job or educational/career opportunity because of gambling
  9. Relying on others to help with money problems caused by gambling

People who have a gambling disorder often hide their behaviors. Indications can be financial distress and missing money. Also, individuals may begin to abuse substances such as cocaine or alcohol. Gambling addiction can often be treated on an outpatient basis. Call A Pathway to Life Counseling Services for treatment options.

3 thoughts on “Compulsive Gambling; Betting on Addiction

  1. Hello Jeny,

    Thanks so much for following and visiting my blog ALL about problem and addicted gambling. I followed back and look forward to visiting often. I’d love to share this post with my Recovery friends on my blog with a link back and permission?

    Love to help others share the message of HOPE. xoxo

    Catherine Lyon, Author/Loud Advocate 🙂

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