Addiction can take many forms. The most common addictions are substance abuse and repetitive, damaging behaviors. Substance abuse is a dependence on alcohol, narcotics, and/or prescription drugs. Problem gambling is a repetitive behavior which leads one to spending money on lottery tickets, video lottery terminals, slot machines, and other betting schemes. Dependences can result in serious health risks, legal and financial problems, as well as family disturbance.
You may have issues with gambling if:
- You spend money your family or you are counting on to gamble or buy drugs and/or alcohol
- You break promises to spend time with loved ones, or harm them in other ways, so you can feed your gambling behavior
- You increase your drug or alcohol intake when your my losses increase
- You are unhappy because you can't stop your harmful behavior
- You cannot reach your goals
When should you seek help?
- You have tried, but can't change your ways
- You have been able to change your behavior, but still unhappy and something is missing
- You are wondering if you need help - now may be a good time to get it
What if I am contemplation about getting help?
If you are contemplating on reaching out for help, you can access a self-help handbook that will suggest techniques and strategies to help you cut back or even help you quit gambling.