The symptoms and prevalence of gambling addiction
Like drug addiction or alcoholism, a gambling addiction can strike anyone. And just like substance abuse issues, gambling addicts will rarely admit they have a problem, and carry on with their destructive behavior in private. With the advent of Internet-based gambling, the danger level is even higher, as now individuals do not need to leave their home and travel to a casino in order to feed their habit.
Many times, a compulsive gambling problem will not surface until the family finances have been destroyed and the trust-levels between husband and wife have been shattered. That is why it is so crucial that friends and family of the individual be on the look-out for the warning signs of gambling addiction, and consider an addiction treatment center.
The following are some of the most common symptoms of the individual who has become a compulsive gambler as well as several key statistics which will help provide insight into this growing problem.
Symptoms of Gambling Addiction:
Will continue to gamble despite understanding the negative impact it is having on their life
Will continue to gamble even though it is destroying their personal finances
Is constantly increasing the frequency in which they gamble, as well as the amount gambled
Experiences mood swings that correlate to their winning and losing
Becomes preoccupied with finding money to gamble
Steals from friends or family in order to obtain money for gambling
Use gambling as an escape from life’s problems
Lies to friends and family about their whereabouts when gambling
Runs up large credit card bills with cash advances at casinos or banks
Feels a sense of euphoria (similar to a drug “high) when gambling
Thinks about gambling excessively during the course of the day, often at the expense of performance at work or school.
Statistics regarding Gambling Addiction
How big of a problem is gambling addiction? Consider the following statistics regarding compulsive gambling in the United States:
Over 2.5 million Americans could be classified as pathological gamblers
The divorce rate of problem gamblers is twice that of the general population
The suicide rate of compulsive gamblers is over 20 times higher than the general population
65% of compulsive gamblers will commit a crime in order to support their addiction
Male gamblers will generate an average debt of $50,000 - $100,000 during the period of their addiction
The American Psychological Association has found that Internet-based gambling can be as addictive as drugs, alcohol or nicotine.
Studies have shown that those with an alcohol problem are more likely to become compulsive gamblers than the rest of the population.
Moonview Sanctuary in Santa Monica, California offers holistic rehab for those individuals who are addicted to gambling. Addiction Treatment program offered at Moonview helps the compulsive gambler obtain the peace and clarity needed to make better decisions. Those who complete the outpatient recovery program will find themselves with the essential tools required to rebuild their lives. Contact Moonview Sanctuary today for more information.