Gambling Addiction

Gambling Addiction

A gambling addiction starts when the time spent on gambling is harmful to the person. The main symptom of gambling addiction is the loss of control over gambling and it can be defined in three points:

  1. Gambling beahavior becomes more frequent because the gambler needs to increase the level of risk in order to reach a certain level of stimulation or to try to win back his or her losses.
  2. Some players are unable to stop the game once it has started and if they win, they believe they can win more. In reality, however, happiness passes and the addict continues playing until losing all his or her money.
  3. Some players promise never to gamble again, even though they've tried.
Pathological gambling can take many forms. An addict can engage in two forms of gambling and lose in just one, e.g. like buying a lottery ticket once a week and at the same time having serious problems betting on horse races. Some people are also episodic gamblers, which means that apart from episodes of gambling with serious consequences, they do not think about the game and do not feel the need to play.

Najczęstsze sygnały problemowego hazardu to:

  • Granie dłużej niż się planowało
  • Obstawianie ponad swoje finansowe możliwości i próby odegrania się po przegraniu
  • Okłamywanie rodziny i bliskich odnośnie stopnia zaangażowania w hazard
  • Natrętne myśli na temat gry, które powodują trudności w skoncentrowaniu się na innych sferach życie i zaniedbywanie ich

Osobie uzależnionej od hazardu wraz z pogłębianiem się problemów związanych z hazardem często towarzyszy poczucie winy, wstydu oraz przygnębienie.