What are the Signs of Problem Gambling?
Common Sources of Gambling--
- Spending more time or money gambling than intended.
- Going back another day to try to win back money or possessions lost.
- Feeling badly about gambling.
- Telling others you have been winning money when you really haven't.
- Wanting to stop gambling, but don't think you can.
- Hiding the signs of gambling from friends, family, or others.
- Being criticized for gambling or told you have a problem.
- Having arguments at home about money or gambling.
- Missing school/work for reasons related to gambling.
- Borrowing money from someone and not paying them back as a result of gambling.
Cards, betting on sports, casinos, horse racing, bingo, raffles, dice games, board games, games
Texas hold'em, and online betting.
Consequences of Problem Gambling--
Problems with family, work, school, friendships, jobs, money, debt, crime, anxiety, depression,
Tips to avoid Problem Gambling--
Follow your moral teaching. If you believe it is sinful to gamble then it is better for you not to
gamble. If you believe that it is not sinful to gamble, then only gamble for fun. Think of the
money you lose as the cost of entertainment. Set a limit and stick to it. Accept losing as part of
the game. Don't borrow money to gamble. Don't let gambling interfere with family, friends,
work. Don't gamble to win back losses. Don't use gambling as an escape from life or a way to
cope with emotional or physical pain. If you are powerless to stopping gambling you may need a
person to help hold you accountable to learn a lifestyle without gambling. An accountability
partner(a.k.a sponsor) can help you with things such as regularly checking in and/or holding your
money and credit cards until such time as you are not at risk for gambling.
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